Six days after the Congress of All Progressives (APC) held its primaries across the country to elect its candidates for next year’s National Assembly election, controversy still drags on the election which seeks to elect the representative of the federal constituency of Baden/ Jakusko in Yobe State.
While incumbent representative Zakariya Yua Galadima claims he is the winner of the exercise, other aspirants have argued that the elections did not take place.
Some delegates said they waited all day at the Gashua Government Lodge, the venue for the primary, but neither INEC officials nor party election officials were at the scene.
Party members, who spoke with our reporter, asked why elections in other constituencies in the state were held while those in Baden/Jakusko are still withheld.
They called on the state and the national leadership of the party to intervene to avoid any breach of public order.
One of them, Mohammed Saleh, said the senatorial primary for the same area was held at the same location on Saturday, but the party is silent on the House of Representatives primary.
However, a results sheet purporting to be that of the constituency, showing Mr Galadima as the winner of the election that would never have taken place, is being circulated by the legislature.
But the lawmaker asserted that the outstanding result is genuine.
“As far as I am concerned, I am the winner of the election. I don’t manufacture results. So what you saw is the result that declared me the winner,” Mr Galadima said.
Another contender, Sani Ahmed Kaitafi, said the result was fabricated.
He told his supporters that the election had not taken place. He said it was undemocratic to deny delegates their task of electing the party’s representative.
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Similarly, supporters of another candidate, Mohammed Manu Girgir, said no election was held in the constituency.
Efforts to speak to party chairman Muhammad Gadaka and party secretary Abubakar Bakabe in the state were unsuccessful. Both men did not return calls to their mobile numbers and did not respond to text messages sent to them.
When contacted for comment, the administrative secretary of INEC in Yobe State, Abubakar Abatcha Dikwa, said he could not verify the signature or authenticate the result in circulation until he had not received reports from the local government election officials of the two local governments that make up the constituency.
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