By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State has reacted to the outcome of the National Assembly election held last Saturday in Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro federal constituency of the state which declared the Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner.
According to the state party’s chairman, Uba Ahmed Nana, the Tafawa Balewa/Dass/Bogoro federal constituency election was marred by many irregularities such as disenfranchisement of All Progressives Congress (APC) members at polling units in Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa Local Governments by suspected PDP thugs.
Alhaji Uba Nana also alleged that in most of the polling units where APC candidates was suspected to have highest votes, the speaker’s supporters harassed and prevented people from voting.
Nana accused the PDP of attacking APC agents at polling units in many places in two of the three Local Government Areas that constituted the federal constituency with a view to forcing to compromise and alter results.
“PDP is scared of humiliating defeat by our candidate Hon. Kantana and they know that if that happened, Speaker Dogara would be embarrassed. So they engaged thugs to harass and prevent voters believed to be in support of the APC candidate from casting their votes”, he cried fault.
“The truth is that the constituents are fed up with Dogara’s domination over the years without commensurate dividends of democracy. So the speaker’s supporters resorted to all forms of electoral malpractices to make sure he is retained as representative of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro constituency”, Nana alleged.
According to the results announced at the collation center in Zwall, Yakubu Dogara won the election with 73, 609 votes as against the APC candidate, Dalhatu Kantana who polled 50, 078 votes.