By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A coalition of 18 Governorship candidates in Bauchi State has lend supports to the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct supplementary elections in the state.
Alhaji Bello Abubakar who spoke on belhaf of the candidates at a press conference in Bauchi, urged INEC to go ahead and conduct the supplementary elections in the affected polling units and the Tafawa Balewa LGA of the state.
“Since the electoral body will re-visit the election issues after making a pronouncement earlier that supplementary elections will hold, they should go ahead in the interest of the people and residents of Bauchi state.
“Bauchi is greater than any individual, therefore in the interest of the good people of Bauchi and for maintenance of existing peace, there is need to conduct the supplementary elections,” he said
Abubakar who is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) in the state, explained that the coalition met and took the decision to salvage the state from any break down of law and order.
“The governorship candidates come from the following political parties, ADC, PDC, DA ,AD, MPN, DPC, NEPP ,MMN ,SDP and KOWA ,
Others are, the ACDN, PPN, BNPP APP NRM, UPN SNP, APA, AA, and AGA,” he said.
Also speaking the governorship candidate of the Nigeria Element Professional Party (NEPP) commended INEC for taking the right step to conduct supplementary elections in the affected areas.
He however called on their supporters and residents to remain and excise patience over the INEC decision on the last Saturday’s elections.
”We equally call on residents to maintain the peace and act in the best of conduct before, during and after the supplementary election which shall come up on Saturday, 23rd March 2019.
“Do not allow yourselves to be provoked by anyone who do not wish our dear state well. I believe we all want the best for the state,” coalition concluded.