By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State has assured that despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaration of the Saturday’s Bakura State Constituency bye election inconclusive, they will win the rescheduled rerun.
This assertion was given by the Chairman PDP Bakura State Constituency Bye-election Committee, 2020, Senator Lawal Hassan Daniya representing Zamfara West Senatorial District while briefing journalists in Gusau following INEC’s declaration of the election as inconclusive.
Senator Daniya said despite the cancellation of elections in 14 polling units, the PDP squarely won the polls.
“It is noteworthy that all the wards cancelled are our stronghold where the votes tally were all won by the PDP. But the Independent National Electoral Commission has cancelled them and declared the elections inconclusive.
At this juncture, the PDP wishes to further state that it has no objection to INEC wisdom in denying us immediate victory, but we want to assure the general public that we are ready to once again, participate in the bye-election for the second time in order to conclude our victory whenever the electoral body decides,” he said.
Daniya chides the All Progressives Congress (APC) for attempting the bye election through the use of thugs.
“It is important here for every democracy lover to condemn the attitude of the APC in recruiting thugs, especially from the Zuru area of Kebbi State through Bukkuyum to Dakko and Damri wards who willfully and wantonly came and unleashed mayhem in the elections.
“Our major concern however, was the use of officials in uniform to protect the misdeeds of violators of the law. We have noted with dismay how some security operatives turned a blind eye to the activities of thugs and went on to provide cover and protection to their sponsors against perceived violence,” he alleged.
The PDP stalwart called on the party supporters to remain resolute and law abiding.
“We thank our resilient members for their doggedness and commitment. We call on them to remain calm and focused as we await the next call by INEC.
“Our members anywhere in the state should not allow themselves to be intimidated now or in the future by anybody. In sha Allah, victory is still ours,” he said.