- The governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abdullahi, has met with President Buhari
- The Bauchi governor said he updated the president on what has been happening and what actions he has taken
- Recall that INEC had said it won’t conduct a rerun election in Bauchi, insisting that the process earlier started will continu
Governor Mohammed Abdullahi of Bauchi state on Monday, March 18, visited the Presidential Villa barely 24 hours after the presidency distanced President Muhammadu Buhari from the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo last week and declined to speak on the outcome of the meeting.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting with the president, the governor revealed that he briefed the president on the latest political development in Bauchi state.
He explained that the position of INEC regarding result of the Bauchi governorship election was capable of creating social unrest.
According to Channels TV, he said: “What I pointedly told him was that I am not here to seek for you to interfere on our behalf sir, but on what is happening and what actions I have taken.
“I am pursuing the legal angle and he (Buhari) emphasised on that legal angle, that it is the best approach.”
The presidency in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu on Sunday said the president had vowed never to interfere in the forthcoming re-run elections in some states, describing it as unfair and ridiculous criticisms of President Buhari’s apparent disinterest in the exercise.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Friday decided to resume the collation of the governorship election result in Bauchi state and may declare the winner of the poll, hitherto ruled as inconclusive along with five other states across the country.
The electoral commission formally set aside the cancellation of results of gubernatorial election in Tafawa Balewa local government area of the state.
The INEC approved Tuesday, March 19, for continuation of the collation in Tafawa Balewa local government and correction of some errors in Ningi local government before the final announcement of who wins the election between Governor Mohammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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