The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) is plotting to cancel the results of the March 9, governorship election in 14 more local government areas of Bauchi State.
Spokesman for the party Kola Ologbondiyan told journalists on Friday that any attempt by anybody to tamper with the already announced results would attract serious consequences.
Mohammed Kyari, the Returning Officer of Inec for Bauchi, had on 11 March declared the governorship poll in the Pearl of Tourism as inconclusive.
“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes canceled in some polling units,” he had said.
“By law, since the margin of winner is less than the total number of votes canceled and registered voters in the areas where the votes have been canceled, this election is hereby declared inconclusive,” he said.
To this end, a rerun was fixed for 23 March, 2019, in the affected areas.
But the PDP believes that its candidate, Bala Mohammed, who was leading the incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar, when the poll was declared inconclusive, won the election
“Our party already have full information of plots by certain known top ranking officials of Inec, who have been bribed with huge sums of money by the All Progressives Congress (APC), to widen the scope of result cancellation beyond Tafawa Balewa to 14 more Local Government Areas and hike the number of cancelled votes from 70,000 to 184, 555,” he said.
“To achieve this, Inec has been instructed by the APC to cancel already declared results in 230 polling units in 15 LGAs, in the state, cause confusion and pave the way for the APC to manipulate the March 23 Supplementary elections.
“Seeing that our party, the PDP, and our candidate, Senator Bala Mohammed, are inevitably coasting to victory, being that Tafawa Balewa is home to the PDP, the APC is instructing Inec to cancel elections in more local governments where it plans to manipulate the processes and allocate fictitious results for the APC at the March 23 polls.
“Our party is already in possession of a leaked document from the Bauchi Inec office, which exposed details of this wicked plot against the people of Bauchi State.
“With Tafawa Balewa LGA, where the PDP scored 40,000 valid votes against the APC’s 29,000, it is clear that our party won the election with about 15,000 votes, only for the results of the Tafawa Balewa LGA to be cancelled for no just cause by Inec.”