PDP wants INEC to suspend supplementary election in Bauchi
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend conducting
supplementary governorship election in Bauchi State until it has
collated results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area.
This was contained in a letter the PDP national chairman, Uche
Secondus, wrote and addressed to the chairman of INEC,
He said in the later dated March 21, that INEC’s decision to
proceed with supplementary election in Bauchi when result
from Tafawa Balewa LGA is yet to be collated contradicts
provisions of the electoral act as well as the INEC guidelines
for the conduct of elections.
INEC had earlier slated Tuesday for collation of results in
Tafawa Balewa LGA but was asked to suspend that by an order
of a Federal High Court in Abuja, pending the determination of
a suit brought by Mohammed Abubakar, governor of the state.
INEC nonetheless, said it would go ahead with supplementary
election in the state this Saturday and then wait for the decision
of the court on the collation of remaining result in Tafawa
But in the letter to INEC chairman, PDP’s chairman argued:
“It is important to note that rerun or supplementary election
can only be ripe and determined upon conclusion of collation of
all the results from the 20 local government areas in the state
and the margin between the winner and runner up is known.
“This is the provision of the law as provided in the regulation
and guidelines for the conduct of elections, specifically
paragraphs 33 (a) and (e) and 34 (e).
“By the combined effects of the paragraphs, the commission
shall wait to determine the margin of lead between the two
leading candidates of the governorship election after collation
of the overall results of the election before deciding to embark
on the supplementary poll. Hence there is no basis for a
supplementary election at the polling units cancelled.”
He then called on INEC to immediately suspend the
supplementary election until collation of results from Tafawa
Balewa has been concluded.
Meanwhile, the total number of registered voters for the
supplementary governorship poll is 22,759.