Breaking: PDP wins Tafawa Balewa state assembly seat in Bauchi

Breaking: PDP wins Tafawa Balewa state assembly seat in Bauchi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, March 20, won the Tafawa Balewa constituency seat in the Bauchi state House of Assembly.

PDP emerged winner with 29,933 votes against the APC's 25,210 votes after the resumption of collation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Daily Trust reports.

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Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, March 19, stopped the INEC from going ahead to collate and announce the governorship results of Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order while ruling on an exparte application filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar.

Justice Ekwo ruled that the exercise should be stopped pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The APC and Abubakar are asking the court for a declaration that INEC cannot review what a collation officer has cancelled. They are also insisting that INEC, having made a pronouncement for a supplementary election, cannot go back on it.

They further maintained that the powers of the electoral officer, having declared the election inconclusive, could only be upturned by a court.

The court asked the parties to maintain the status quo until the substantive suit was heard and decided on.

The matter was adjourned until March 20 for definite hearing.

Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that the PDP petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over alleged violation of the Constitution and Electoral Act by Justice Ekwo Inyang of the Federal High Court on Bauchi governorship result collation.

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The main opposition party said that Justice Inyang violated the electoral law for ruling on a matter that ought to have been handled by an election petition tribunal.

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