By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The New Nigeria Peoples Party Tuesday rejected the results of the Bauchi North senatorial district election held on 23rd February 2019 due to irregularities describing it as a daylight robbery and rape of our democracy.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday at the Abuja national secretariat, the party speaking through its National Secretary, Agbo Major distanced itself from the results declared which put Alh Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa of the APC with 110,631as winner and Hon Farouk Mustapha of NNPP in the second place with 92,140. Agbo questioned the integrity of the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Bauchi State who deployed the electoral officers that colluded with the APC-led state government to perpetrate this seeming rape of our democracy.
“For the avoidance of doubts, the party is in possession of video evidences of what transpired at Gamawa where Electoral officers were kidnapped and forced to alter results to close the gap created by the crushing defeat the APC and PDP candidates suffered in five local government areas where our candidate was already in a comfortable lead as well as in Zaki Local Government Area where after sporadic shootings to scare our supporters away, the caretaker chairman was removed on the night of the election day for refusing to cooperate with the invaders led by an AIG of police with a mission to falsify the results in favour of the APC candidate.
“We are aware of how people were asked to go and pray at about 7pm to enable them whisk away the electoral officers with their materials to where this massive thumbprinting took place in Bauchi town about 200 kilometers away without the use of the card readers.
“We must bring to the notice of the whole world that against the electoral laws as well as extant guidelines for the conduct of these elections, the results of the ballot for Gamawa and Zaki local government areas were not declared at the polling units for our party agents to sign and have copies, neither were they declared at the local government collation centres as the electoral officers had already been taken away to Bauchi under a high profile security arrangement.
“The electoral officers were only brought to Azare, where the senatorial election collation centre was located and to our amazement the padded votes from the two local governments were then presented which gave the APC candidate the lead on the basis of which he was declared winner.
“We are aware of the huge protest by voters to the Emir’s palace demanding that the true result of the election be declared and the certificate of return to issued to the NNPP candidate, Hon Farouk Mustapha.
” It took the party’s intervention to calm the nerves of the restive youths and aged voters who freely gave out their mandate to the NNPP candidate to forestall breakdown of law and order (as seen in this video).
“We are calling on all local and foreign observers who served in Bauchi North, the leadership of INEC, Mr President to ensure that in the spirit of fairness the will of the people is allowed to prevail by ensuring that the rightful winner of the election, Hon Farouk Mustapha be declared winner and issued the certificate of return or better still cancel the results from Gamawa and Zaki local government areas where these fraud were perpetrated and allow a rerun to enable a winner emerge properly and in line with the electoral laws of the federation.
“The attention of security agencies and other relevant agencies in Bauchi state have already been drawn to this protest by the NNPP candidate himself. As a law abiding political party that believes in the unity of our dear country, we have asked our teeming followers in Bauchi state to continue to maintain the peace while the party explore the most peaceful way of resolving this impasse without any form of breakdown of law and order.
“We will continue to update Nigerians from time to time.”