Collation of governorship result for Tafawa Balewa local government area in Bauchi state has reportedly commenced at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s head office.
According to Channels TV, the session is being chaired by a new collation officer, Musa Dahiru.
Legit.ng gathers that INEC replaced the former officer, Dominion Anosike, who had earlier written to the commission that her life was in danger.
INEC's Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Bauchi, Ibrahim Abdullahi explained that the results that were carted away, are being regenerated, and will be submitted to the state collation officer.
His words: “What they are doing is that they are submitting the regenerated or reconstructed result which was carted away, from the ward to the local government collation officer. After that, the local government collation officer will come to the state collation officer, submit this report after which the state collation officer will round up, declare and return the winner”.
He further explained that “section 6 and 7 of the INEC regulation and guidelines for 2019 general elections provides that once there is violence when results are destroyed or taken away, the collation officer is supposed to regenerate using the duplicate results, after which, with the permission of the Resident Electoral Commissioner is required.”
“As it is, I have given my permission and the regeneration has taken place, which the ward collation officers are now formally presenting to the local government collation officer who will, in turn, present it to the state collation/returning officer,” he said.
INEC resumes the collation hours after a federal high court in Abuja struck out a suit seeking to stop the collation, which was filed by the Bauchi state governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Mohammed Abubakar.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that residents of Bauchi state called on Governor Abubakar to concede defeat after his re-election bid suffered a massive setback.
The people made this call in reaction to the results of the just concluded supplementary elections which indicated that Abubakar lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Abubakar who is seeking re-election for a second term in office had in 2015 defeated candidate of the then incumbent governor, Isa Yuguda.
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