Nigeria Decides 2019 Politics

BAUCHI: PDM to approach tribunal over ‘omission’ of party candidates from ballot papers

Governorship candidate of the People Democratic Movement (PDM) in Bauchi State, Alhaji Ahmed Illiyasu, has rejected the results of the March 9 elections declared in the state.

While addressing newsmen on Monday in Bauchi, Iliyasu stated that his party was duly registered and made necessary arrangements to participate in the 2019 general election but all candidates for the party were omitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission on ballot papers.

Iliyasu said: “To our dismay, disbelief and bewilderment, names of all our candidates who won the primaries were missing in the Independent Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) records.

“That is why we are rejecting the result of the last Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly election.”

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The Bauchi governorship candidate explained that the party made necessary arrangements to participate in the 2019 general elections by complying with INEC’s time table, and the party fielded candidates by conducting free, fair and credible primary elections.

He added that the logo of the party with the sign of ‘touch light’ was not captured on the ballot papers for the National Assembly election during the Presidential elections.

He also pointed out that the logo was again not captured on the ballot papers for the Governorship election, only to appear on the ballot papers for the State Assembly election.

The Gubernatorial candidate described the omission, as a clear manifestation of inefficiency and incompetence on the side of INEC, stressing that it was in contravention of Section 138 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Iliyasu told reporters that the party would approach the Election Appeal Tribunal for justice as the flag bearer of PDM in the state.

He, however, appealed to supporters and the electorate in the state, who went out to vote for PDM, to remain calm

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