APC governorship primaries marred with mal-practice – ex minister, calls for rerun

By Post Nigeria December 9, 2014 14:34

APC governorship primaries marred with mal-practice – ex minister, calls for rerun

Reports coming in have confirmed that the Bauchi State Governorship Primaries of the All Progressives Change, APC, on Thursday was marred with electoral malpractice.

Reports from premium times confirmed this report as the Former Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Lame, on Friday accused the APC officials in Bauchi of electoral malpractice which denied him of the chance to pick the governorship ticket on Thursday.

Mr Lame who came second behind Mr Muhammed with a margin of 120 votes alleged that the party’s election committee deliberately rigged the election against him, adding that the committee allowed over rigging of some delegates and denied some the opportunity to vote, which he believed were his supporters.

Reports claim that the former minister through a press conference held in Bauchi on Fri, says that “The ex-police minister called for a cancellation of the primaries and asked for a rerun, saying he would go to court if his suggestion is not taken” he further stated that “before we went into the said primaries, all stakeholders sat and agreed on modalities of conducting the primaries”​

“But when we came for the primaries, some of the delegates who are our supporters were denied accreditation; these delegates are from kubi East ward of Ganjuwa local government.

“They were denied the chance to vote because a list was brought from Abuja in which names of certain delegates were dropped” he said.

According to a Premium Times report, The committee chairman Oluwarotimi Akinride (SAN) had on Friday morning declared that Muhammed Abubakar, a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in the state had scored the highest votes of 930; while former Minister of Police Affairs, Dr Ibrahim Yakubu Lame scored 806 votes as the first runner up; Yusuf Tuggar was declared second runner up with a total vote of 526; Engr. Sadiq Mahmood came fourth with 194 votes cast in his favour, while Ibrahim Zailani came fifth with 161 votes cast for him.

At the sixth position was a candidate called Orlando who scored 92, Nuhu Gidado was in seventh position with 86 votes. Engr Gambo Magaji tailed behind them all with 66 votes.

The total number of accredited voters at the APC primary election, according to Akinride (SAN) was 2,901 while total vote cast was 2865 and invalid votes were 30 – these are figures being contested by Yakubu Lame.