The Katsina State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Hon. Salisu Yusuf Majigiri has vowed to challenge the results of Saturday’s Katsina North Senatorial zone also known as Daura zone bye-election in election tribunal.
The state chairman of the party, Salisu Majigiri, made the declaration on Sunday during an interview with our reporter.
In our interview, Alhaji Majigir alleged that the bye-election was marred with rampant “vote-buying, coercion and other discrepancies,” which he said would be revealed at the election tribunal.
Majigiri likened the bye-election to what he said allegedly happened during the recent Ekiti State governorship election, insisting that the development did not augur well for the development of democracy in Nigeria.
He said, “We reject the results of the bye-election in totality. The election was marred with vote buying, using of government officials to coerce traditional rulers and all sorts of discrepancies that we shall disclose at election tribunal.
“What happened at the bye-election was like what happened during the Ekiti State governorship election and all these do not augur well for the development of democracy in Nigeria.
“We are going to challenge the results at the tribunal, as we cannot allow all these to happen in the coming 2019 general elections.”
He also alleged that over Two billion Naira was squandered by the state’s APC led administration out of which no less than N200,000 was shared in each polling unit for the vote buying.
According to him, that money should have been adequately used by the government in giving free education instead of electoral malpractice.
“We have adequate evidence of over-voting and instances where government officials were seen openly inducing voters and election officials with money and we will present them in court.
“We are confident that we will win in court as we have confidence in our judiciary,” he said.
It could be recalled the Independent National Electoral Commission had, on Sunday morning, declared All Progressives Congress candidate, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, the winner of Saturday’s Katsina North Senatorial Zone bye-election.
INEC Returning officer for the election, Prof. Hudu Ayuba-Abdullahi, said Babba-Kaita scored 224,607 votes, while his elder brother of Peoples Democratic Party, Kabir Babba-Kaita, scored 59,724 votes at the election.