- APC chieftain, Yekini Nabena, says the PDP cannot lay claim to victory in the Bauchi governorship election
- Nabena stated that the non-usage of card readers in the election is a major issue
- The chieftan adds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has questions to answer in its role during the poll
The deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to forget the dream of taking over the governorship seat of Bauchi state.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, March 18 in Abuja, the APC chieftain said the non-usage of card readers in the election was a major issue that could not be ignored, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has questions to answer in its role during the poll.
He alleged that there was a grand plot to rig out Governor Mohammed Abubakar, querying how the APC won 21 state House of Assembly seats compared to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s 5 seats in the election conducted on the same day.
His words: “The opposition PDP knew that that if rerun election is held it will loose the election to APC. Maybe the opposition felt that if that position had not been taken by INEC, they would have won.
“But that is not the issue. The issue of election is not about winning or losing. It is about having a free and fair election. So it is the free and fair conduct of the election that matters to all of us and to the whole world.
“I say so because if the election is free and fair there will be no issue of inconclusive; it must be concluded. So we are challenging the INEC not give PDP undue advantage in Bauchi governorship election.”
While justifying the need for rerun in election at the Tafawa/Balewa local government area, Nabena said the Returning Officer for the area, Mrs Dominion Anosike, told the world how she was intimidated and harassed while collating the results.
“She was even threatened. She was a woman and she said it herself. The answer is there. There was tension everywhere in the place and she was forced to sign the document under that atmosphere,” he noted.
When asked what gave him confidence that APC will win the rerun if held, the APC national officer said: “I believe APC will win because APC has won 80 percent of the other elections except this election and this one has been declared inconclusive.
“Mark you, the results of Tafawa Balewa local government area has not been announced. But I tell you, you will be surprised if the result had been announced.
“We certainly would have won, that is why they are trying to deny us of the victory. If the hoodlums had not disrupted the process at the centre we would have won Tafawa Balewa. So I believe we will win Tafawa Balewa again.”
On the already declared Katagum Federal House of Representativess result in favour of PRP, Nabena described it as an error on the part of the INEC.
“It is a clear case of inconclusive election because the margin between the PRP candidate and the APC candidate is less than the cancelled votes. So, we are demanding justice if INEC is not deliberately against the APC,” he said.
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Nabena had earlier accused the Festus Okoye-led committee of the electoral commission of evil plot against the APC.
Okoye had led the committee on a fact-finding mission to the state and recommended that the election would be concluded without a re-run.
The APC chieftain said the position taken by the committee contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
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