The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bauchi State has approached the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last month’s governorship election in the state.
Platinum.ng recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Saturday, March 25, declared Senator Bala Mohammed of the PDP winner of the Bauchi State governorship election after a rerun election was conducted which saw Mr. Mohammed polling a combined votes of 515,113 to defeat the incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) who scored an aggregate of 500,625 votes.
Explaining the party’s decision to approach the tribunal to newsmen on Friday, April 11, the state APC chairman, Uba Ahmed Nana, said that the party’s governorship standard-bearer in the concluded governorship election, Governor Abubakar, is seeking justice from the tribunal.
The governor, Muhammed Abubakar who also spoke to journalists attributed his decision to challenge his defeat at the court as obedience to the party decision.
“… I am an obedient member of the national body of the party; it is because of this, that all these three places that I went to, each one of them said the APC will file a suit in court to challenge the governorship election results in the state. As an obedient member, I accepted to go with that decision.” Mr. Abubakar said.
However, reacting to the development, the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Zainabari Yaya in an interview with journalists expressed confidence that the party will win at the Tribunal.