Bauchi youths celebrate Bala’s victory, say opposition party’s rejection of result inconsequential
The Bauchi Consolidated Youth Association (BCYA), an umbrella body of about 26 youth groups in the state, yesterday, jubilated over the declaration of Governor Bala Mohammed’s re-election for another four-year term.
The BCYA, while reacting to the declaration of Bala as winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election in the state, also took a swipe at opposition party’s candidate, Sadique Abubakar, saying that his rejection of the election result was pedestrian and laughable.
The APC governorship candidate, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar (rtd), had alleged that the election was marred by violence in some local councils of the state, intimidation of APC voters, ballot-snatching and electoral fraud, calling for the cancellation of the election result.
A statement by the group’s Co-ordinator, Lawal Sani Ningi, stated that Abubakar’s rejection of the result was out of desperation to subvert the will of the people, as expressed freely and fairly in the most credible election ever conducted in the state.
Ningi said: “Recall that even the foreign and domestic observer groups accredited by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Bauchi State have acknowledged that the exercise was free, fair and credible without intimidation, coercion or molestation.”
Ningi, while refuting the allegation by the APC candidate that the governorship and House of Assembly election was marred by violence, intimidation and ballot box snatching, said it was the usual ranting of defeated people who clearly have no electoral value.
The BCYA co-ordinator said that contrary to Abubakar’s lone rejection and spurious allegation, the election was conducted peacefully without any rancour.
The group commended INEC for early distribution of adequate sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the election and arrival of electoral officials in most of the polling units in time.
It also applauded the professional deployment of effective and efficient security arrangement, which ensured smooth peaceful conduct of the exercise across the state.