INEC resumes Bauchi guber poll collation
The Independent National Electoral Commission will resume the Bauchi State governorship election result collation today.
The state poll had been declared inconclusive by INEC returning officer in the state, Mohammed Kyari.
He explained that the margin of 4,059 votes between the two leading parties, All Progressives Congress and People’s Democratic Party, was less than 45,312, which was leeser than the number of cancelled votes after results from 19 local government were collated.
Hitherto, there was a disruption of the collation process at Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area which led to the cancellation of results for the entire LGA.
However, INEC in a statement signed by Festus Okoye, its commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity, said the commission, having considered a report sent by the Kyari, decided to further investigate the cancellation of the result from Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state.
On Friday, INEC said it would resume the collation of results of the LGA after considering a report submitted by Kyari.
The electoral authority also appointed a new collation/returning officer for the LGA to conclude the collation process after Mrs Dominion Anosike withdrew over alleged threat to her life and her family.
But the decision was rejected by the APC.
The APC spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu in a press statement condemned the decision to continue with the collation process, noting that the action of the electoral body was capable of breaching the peace in the state.
He said that INEC was unfair by not inviting its party’s agents to the hearing before the prior cancellation of the election result of Tafawa Balewa local government.
He alleged that “the close relationship between Festus Okoye and Yakubu Dogara of the PDP is well known.”
The state governor Mohammed Abubakar visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday and informed him that he would challenge INEC’s decision in court.
Despite the criticism, INEC has decided to go ahead as scheduled as the venue of the collation exercise has been set up at the commission’s headquarters in Bauchi.
There is heavy security presence around the area while supporters of some political parties are awaiting the commencement of the exercise.
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