Zamfara by-election: APC drags INEC, IGP to court over alleged manipulation

Zamfara by-election: APC drags INEC, IGP to court over alleged manipulation

- INEC and IGP Mohammed Adamu are to answer questions in court over the Zamfara by-election in Bakura constituency

- This came after the APC in the state filed an application on Thursday, December 10

- The opposition party alleged that the PDP won the poll through much rigging and manipulation

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has outrightly rejected the outcome of the by-election in Bakura Constituency in the state House of Assembly.

The opposition party in the northern state also claimed that the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deliberately neglected their duties during the election, which, in its view, led to a lot of irregularities, vote-buying, ballot snatching, voter intimidation and rigging, The Guardian reports.

The party, therefore, sued the commission and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.

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The chairman of the party's publicity committee, Ibrahim Muhammad Birnin Magaji, made this position known on Thursday, December 10.

Zamfara by-election: APC drags INEC, IGP to court over alleged manipulation
INEC and the IGP has been dragged to court by the APC in Zamfara over the recent by-election in Bakura (Photo: @PoliceNG, @inecnigeria, @OfficialAPCNg)
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Magaji alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate in the poll was returned as the winner through the connivance of INEC and the police.

He said:

“There was evidently no satisfactory provision of security and that was what informed the decision of the APC to opt out of last Wednesday’s supplementary election knowing full well that justice and fair-play will not be allowed during the election.”

Giving further claims, the Zamfara APC spokesman alleged that two PDP members who had with them a lot of money and clothing materials for bribing during the poll were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Meanwhile, the police in Zamfara state had imposed a 24-hour curfew in Bakura and Talata Mafara local government areas after two persons were killed and several others injured following clashes between rival political thugs.

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The thugs also destroyed several vehicles and billboards in the areas.

Legit.ng gathered that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 10, Mustapha Muhammad, said the curfew was to avoid further breakdown of law and order.

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