- The APC and PDP in Zamfara state have resorted to a battle of words following a supplementary election scheduled by INEC
- The APC has since withdrawn from the exercise citing some irregularities associated with the election
- The PDP, however, says it is going ahead with the election in spite of the complaints by the APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced it will not participate in the Bakura state constituency supplementary election in Zamfara state.
Channels Television reports that the chairman of the APC publicity committee in Zamfara, Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, made the announcement on Tuesday, December 8, a day before the exercise is scheduled to hold.
He explained that the party took the decision to withdraw to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to complete the process.
Reacting to the position of the opposition party in the state, the Zamfara state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it is not surprised by the decision of the APC.
In a statement, the PDP chairman in the state, Tukur Danfulani, said his party was delighted that the opposition did not accuse them of any wrongdoing in the expression of good sportsmanship in politics.
While the back and forth between both parties continues, some political stakeholders in the state have expressed reservations over the educational qualification of both the candidates of the APC and the PDP in the election.
None of the candidates are said to have a degree which has caused an uproar among some political watchers in the state.
There were also concerns over the presence of federal government officials in Zamfara state for the polls.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the APC in the Lagos East senatorial bye-election and senator-elect, Tokunbo Abiru, has visited the national leader of the ruling party, Bola Tinubu after he was declared the winner of the election by INEC.
Photos shared on social media by supporters of the party show Abiru in the home of the APC leader with some party chieftains presenting the official result sheet to Tinubu.
Abiru was declared the winner in a landslide victory over his opponent, Babatunde Gbadamosi of the PDP, in all the local government areas; Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Kosofe, Shomolu, and Ikorodu.
The APC candidate polled 89,204 votes while his PDP rival was able to secure only 11,257 votes, leaving a very massive margin of 77,947 votes.
In a related development, Gbadamosi, a PDP candidate in the election, has lamented that INEC failed to educate the voters.
He made the comment after casting his vote at polling unit 14, Isele ward 1, Ikorodu local government area on Saturday, December 5.
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