Bauchi guber election: Collation officer cries out over alleged threat to her life

Bauchi guber election: Collation officer cries out over alleged threat to her life

- The collation officer for Tafawa Balewa LGA in Bauchi state, Dominion Anosike, alleged threat to her life

- Anosike wrote the INEC chairman, seeking to present her case regarding the election in the LGA in Abuja, rather than Bauchi

- The election in Tafawa Balewa LGA was cancelled by the state's REC over the failure of Anosike to use the prescribed form to enter the result

Dominion Anosike, the collation officer for Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state, in the gubernatorial election, raised alarm over alleged threat to her life.

According to the Independent, Anosike wrote to Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), requesting to appear before the electoral body at its headquarters in Abuja.

Legit.ng gathers that she was expected to appear before a committee set up by INEC inn Bauchi to investigate controversies over the cancellation of the results of the governorship election in Tafawa Balewa local government.

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However, Anosike reportedly requested to present her case in Abuja on account of threats to her life.

The letter, dated March 13, 2019, was addressed to the national chairman of INEC and was received in his office on March 14, 2019.

The letter reads: “I superintended over the above election in Tafawa Balewa LGA as the returning officer and I believe that there will be need for your committee to find out from me what transpired at the collation centre that led to the cancellation of the result by the resident electoral commissioner for Bauchi state.

“The purpose of this letter to your good offices is to indicate my desire to appear before the team in another location, preferably Abuja – as doing that in Bauchi state would constitute a threat to my life, as I have already been threatened with instant death, should I be found anywhere in or near Bauchi state.”

Recall that the returning officer for Bauchi state governorship election, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, cancelled the election of Tafawa Balewa LGA on Sunday evening, March 10, over the failure of Anosike to use the prescribed form to enter the result of the elections collated across the local government areas.

This was despite the explanation given by her to the commission that the result sheets for the governorship election were carted away by thugs who invaded the collation centre in Zwall, Tafawa Balewa LGA, in the early hours of Sunday.

She had also notified the commission via an explanatory memorandum signed by all stakeholders in the election at the collation centre who unanimously agreed to collate and record the result on another form, and addressed same to the resident electoral commissioner and the state returning officer, which was submitted in Bauchi on Sunday.

The state returning officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, however, rejected the explanation and declared that there was no result for Tafawa Balewa LGA and cancelled the election of the entire local government area even though there was no incident of cancellation, violence, or electoral malpractice at both the polling unit and ward levels as reported by the returning officer.

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Legit.ng previously reported that IINEC on Monday, March 11, declared as “inconclusive”, outcome of the governorship election held in Bauchi state.

Prof. Mohammed Kyari, who made the declaration, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa local government area because of irregularities, the outcome of the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate.

“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.

“By law, since the margin of winner is less than the total number of votes cancelled and registered voters in the areas where the votes have been cancelled, this elections is hereby declared inconclusive," he said.

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