By Charles Agwam
Bauchi—Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused Bauchi State Government and All Progressive Congress, APC, of rigging weekend’s Bauchi South senatorial by-election, vowing to challenge the result in court.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday, State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Hamza Akuyam, flanked by the party flag bearer, Ladan Saliu, described the election as the worst in the history of democratic elections.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the APC candidate, Lawal Gumau as the winner of last Saturday senatorial by-election, having polled 119,489 votes to defeat the PDP candi-date, who polled 50,256.
According to PDP chairman, “the do-or-die attitude of the Bauchi State government poses a clear and present danger to our democracy.
“It is unacceptable and can be accepted only at our own peril. The party will challenge the result at the court.
“It is regrettable that the state office of INEC became a theatre of electoral malpractice and manipulation, where figures were scandalously re-jigged to favour APC.
“This was done without any consideration for voters, who stood in queues for long; some travelled miles and withstood extreme conditions only for officials to disenfranchise them with a stroke of the pen. This is unacceptable.”
Reacting to the allegation, the state chairman of APC, Uba Nana, said the allegations were baseless, saying PDP is a bad loser.
In his words: “These allegations always come up after an election. You are a witness to the level-playing field that all candidates enjoyed in the just-concluded elections.
“What I see in all these is that they are bad losers. They should go and put their house together for the next election.”