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Bauchi governor storm Aso Rock to see Buhari over INEC’s decision resume collation of results

Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over decision of INEC to resume collation of results.

Okay Nigeria recalls that Mohammed Kyari, Buachi Returning Officer, declared the governorship election in the state inconclusive.

The reason for declaring the election inconclusive was that the margin of 4,059 votes between the two leading parties was less than 45,312, which was the number of cancelled votes after results from 19 local government were collated.

But, Festus Okoye, Head of Media and Publicity of INEC, stated that electoral body having considered a report sent by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Bauchi State, concluded plans to further investigate the cancellation of the result from Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state.

After the investigation by the electoral body, INEC said the collation of results for Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area will resume and winner will be announced.

Mohammed Abubakar, the governor of the state on Monday went to the State House Presidential villa to “brief the president on the development”.

Speaking to newsmen after the meeting he said when asked:

Why did you come to see the president?

I came to brief Mr. President about the situation in my state. I briefed him on the issues surrounding the inconclusive elections. The Returning Officer for Bauchi State at the end of collation rejected the result of Tafawa Balewa local government and then 36 other units spread around 15 local governments of Bauchi state and ordered a rerun.
Surprisingly, we woke up one morning and the Independent National Electoral Commission came up with a procedure that is not known to law. Because, where a Returning Officer has declared the result, only an election petition tribunal can reverse the result. But INEC is attempting to reverse itself in the case of Bauchi. And when one juxtaposes that of Bauchi and other states with inconclusive elections, one wonders why that is happening only in Bauchi State.

So, for that reason there is a need for me to come and brief Mr. President because of what has the potential of touching on the security of the state.

Do you think what is happening is illegal?

Of course it is definitely extra illegal. It is a straight forward matter. The returning officer is the final arbiter even with respect to scores and declaration of result. And once he makes a declaration, no power can reverse that declaration except duly constituted court of the land.

INEC is an independent body and you are here to seek Mr. President’s audience, what do you expect him to do?

No no no. I said I came to brief Mr. President, I am not seeking any action of Mr. President. We all know Mr. President, he is a stickler for procedure. What I pointedly told him was that I am not here to seek for you to interfere on our behalf sir, but to brief you on what is happening and what actions I have taken.

What are the actions you took?

One of which is that I am a lawyer and I am pursuing the legal angle. I briefed him and he emphasised on that legal angle that it is the best way to go.

How is the security situation in the state now?

We are on top of the situation, thank God. We have since ordered the ban on procession in the metropolis and things are very very calm.

You saw the Vice President last week, is it that you were not satisfied with the way he handled the matter?

No no no. There are procedures in this matters and levels of authority. I am a stickler for procedure, I started at the right place and I have also ended up at the right place.

How prepared are you for the rerun elections?

If they are going to do it now, we are ready. I don’t know who is afraid of anyone in Tafawa Balewa.

Are you confident you will win?

Insha Allah.

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Muhammad A. Aliyu

Muhammad Ameer Aliyu, is a prolific journalist who joined Okay Nigeria in 2015 with the aim staying committed to bringing more positive growth to the digital news platform. He is the Senior editor at Okay Nigeria.

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