We’ll Challenge Katsina Bye-Election Result, Says PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it will not accept the final result for the Katsina North senatorial district by-election held on Saturday.

The party disclosed on Sunday that it will challenge the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at the electoral tribunal.

Salisu Majigiri, the PDP Katsina Chairman, confirmed the part's stance in an interview with the Punch.

According to him, the election was fraught with several irregularities which affected the final outcome.

Majigiri compared the election with that of the Ekiti governorship election, in which he claimed that the ruling APC were protected and given the leeway by security agencies to manipulate the elections.

He said, “We reject the results of the bye-election in totality. The election was fraught 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 challenging the results at the tribunal, as we cannot allow all these to happen in the 2019 general elections.”

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.

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