From Samuel Luka, Bauchi
A group known as Concerned Elders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state have called on the committee sent to the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate issues that led to the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa Local Government governorship election results to also cancel that of Bauchi Local Government.
It would be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 102, 000 votes against the All Progressive Congress (APC) which polled 56, 000 votes in Bauchi Local Government.
Speaking with newsmen Thursday in Bauchi, Chairman of the Elders Forum, Alhaji Yerima Aliyu Giade said since the electoral body would revisit the election issues after making a pronouncement earlier that supplementary elections would hold, the results of Bauchi Local Government should also be nullified.
Giade said the result was totally unacceptable as the election was allegedly marred by thuggery and intimation of APC supporters.
The APC elders also urged security agencies to take action to stop rallies and demonstrations currently being staged by political supporters in the state as no winner has yet been officially declared.
He added that “we equally call on all citizens to maintain the peace and act in the best of conduct before, during and after the supplementary elections which shall come up on March 23, Insha Allah and never to allow themselves to be provoked by anyone who does not wish our dear state well.”