The Bauchi state gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Bala Mohammed, is at a comfortable lead over his close rival, the incumbent Governor, Mohammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Party, (APC), at the supplementary governorship election held on the 23rd of March in Bauchi state.
Sen. Bala Mohammed PDP, garnered a total of 6376 votes against his main opponent, incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar who polled 5117 votes at the rerun, with a vote margin of 1259 between both parties.
The court had entertained a suit filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, asking the court to determine whether INEC has the powers to decide collation of results after the announcement of a suspension. Mr Abubakar’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji, had approached the court requesting among other things, an ex-parte application preventing INEC from proceeding with its decision to collate results in the state. Now, after all the dillydallying, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conclude, collate and announce the governorship election result from Tafawa Balewa Local Government in Bauch State.
Mohammed Abubakar, incumbent Governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had challenged INEC’s decision to collate the results.
However, on Monday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Iyang Ekwo, ruled that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Clarifying an earlier decision made, following that ex-parte application, the judge, Inyang Ekwo, said there was never a time that his court granted the ex-parte application made by Mr Raji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
According to the judge, what the court ordered following the earlier application is an order for parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit before him. The court also said the submissions of Mr Raji that the tribunal could entertain an application emanating from an election matter, “only after a return has been made: is a temporary situation that does not have the capacity to stand for long.” Subsequently the Mr Ekwo declined to give a pronouncement on the substantive matter and deferred his decision to allow the election tribunal make a pronouncement on the substantive matter.
The result of the re-run was announced in Bauchi on Sunday by the governorship election Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, who is a Vice Chancellor of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.
Earlier, during the March 9 inconclusive election, Mohammed was credited with 469,512 votes and Abubakar 465,453, with a vote margin of 4059 but the election was declared inconclusive after a Federal High Court in Abuja halted the collation and announcement of result for Tafawa Balewa Local Government.
The total votes scored so far by Mohammed in the 19 out of 20 LGAs has increased to 475,888 votes, while that of Abubakar is 470, 570 votes, with a difference of 5,318 votes. The total no of registered voters at the rerun was 22,759. Accredited voters are 12, 109, Valid votes ,11, 568 while total votes cast are 11, 979 . Rejected votes, 403. The rerun election was held in 36 Polling covering 29 registration areas (wards) in the 15 affected local government areas.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has urged the Incumbent Governor to concede defeat and work together with the party for the progress of the state Speaking in a telephone interview with the Nation Correspondent, the PDP Chairman in the State, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam , said the “right thing for the Governor to do is to surrender in the face of an imminent defeat ”
Sen. Bala Mohammed has also expressed gratitude to the people of Bauchi state for their immense support.
He said while addressing a press conference at the Command Guest House, Bauchi immediately the result of the rerun election was announced, “We owe our victory to the people of Bauchi who have stood very firm on the threshold of freedom and liberty and have shown that they are the icons of democracy and liberty.
Words alone cannot express my appreciation to them all.”
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