The All Progressives Congress (APC) has kicked against the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the Bauchi state governorship.
INEC had initially listed Bauchi among the six states where supplementary elections will hold on the twenty-third of March, but on Saturday the commission struck out Bauchi from the list, saying that it would allow the collation of results in the State instead of conducting a fresh election.
INEC said its fact-finding committee, chaired by its national commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, realized that election had been concluded in the state and there were copies of results. It also said it would resume collation of results in Rivers State.
But the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Sunday said INEC is ignoring the reality on the ground. He accused Okoye and the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga, of conniving with the Peoples Democratic Party to skew election results against the APC.
Issa-Onilu said it was inappropriate for Okoye to chair the fact-finding committee because of his close relationship with Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives. Dogara, who is from Bauchi state, has repeatedly accused INEC of working against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But Issa-Onilu said INEC’s decision is illegal and contravenes the provisions of the electoral act 2010 as amended.