The senatorial election in Bauchi south senatorial district of Bauchi state has been entrenched in confusion as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had no candidate recognised by law, winner of the election, Igberetvnews reports.
The party polled a total of 250,725 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate, Garba Dahiru who got 175,527 votes.
Announcing the result in Bauchi, Sarkin-Fagam, a lecturer with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, said APC scored 250,725 votes, ahead of other parties, but had no candidate recognised by the law as it had failed to substitute its candidate, Sen. Lawal Gumau, as directed earlier by a court of law.
He said the PDP candidate, Alhaji Garba Dahiru, came second with 175,527 votes, while Lawal Ibrahim of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), placed third, with 43,386 votes, Igberetvnews learnt.
The returning officer said candidates of 18 political parties contested for the senatorial seat in the zone.
Commenting on the development, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state , Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, explained that APC had failed to substitute a candidate for the poll as ordered by the court.
According to him, the candidature of Senator Gumau representing the district, was nullified by a court, prior to the election, with an order that the party should substitute the candidate.
He said that up till the time of the conduct of the election, the party had failed to obey the court order, as such Gumau could not be returned as winner of the election.
Bauchi South district comprises of Toro, Dass, Tafawa-Balewa, Alkaleri, Kirfi,Bogoro and Bauchi local government areas.