|PAUL ORUDE BAUCHI
Less than 48 hours to the scheduled rerun in Bauchi State, the People’s Democratic Party in the state has said it will go to court in order to stop the exercise.
The PDP chairman in the state, Hamza Akuyam, disclosed this to journalists in an interview at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Conference Hall, INEC headquarters in Bauchi on Thursday.
Akuyam demised the rerun election as a “sham” wondering why a re-run would be held despite a pending case in court.
He vowed that the party would use legal means to stop the process.
He said: “This election is a sham; how can you do a rerun without the main election? What we are asking INEC is that this election is for what? Somebody said that the gap between the leading candidate and the second is not much, how many votes are there?
“There are 139, 240 votes in Tafawa Balewa LGA and you want to conduct an election for just 22, 000, are you fair? So, I don’t know what they are trying to do, maybe they are trying to read somebody’s script but this is not a democracy.”
Asked if the party will participate in the supplementary election scheduled for Saturday, the PDP Chairman said that “our legal department will look at it and see what is legal for us. But we are not going to participate, we have to stop this election, we will go to court and seek redress. It is not even the issue of going to court, what we want is for INEC to do the right and just thing.
“You said over 22, 000 people are being disenfranchised so you are going for election, but you have disenfranchised over 139, 000 in Tafawa Balewa and you have not mentioned anything about them. Is there any justification for such?”