Bauchi Guber: REC retracts results declared under duress

Jennifer Inah, Bauchi

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning officer for Bauchi State Prof Kyiari Mohammed  has retracted results earlier declared for Tafawa Balewa local government.

The Returning officer retracted the result after the collation officer at the Tafawa Balewa local government area, Dominion Anosike informed all at the collation centre that she was made to declare a fictitious result under duress.

Mrs Anosike said there was violence at the Local Government Collation Centre and election materials were carted away.

“We started collation of the results at 11pm on Saturday and after collating results of six wards, some hoodlums stormed the area around 6am and insisted that we must announce the candidate of a particular party as the winner.

“I had to announce the results under duress because they insisted that we must announce it.

“Since the results were carted away, I had to announce the result we had in a laptop after comparing it with the results of the agents at the centre,” Anosike alleged.

Anosike further explained that with the kind of violence there and the pressure, she had to announce the result like that; adding, “Police had to rescue us because our lives were at stake.”

The Returning Officer, however, affirmed that she had the original and credible result verified and signed by all party agent present at the collation center.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Kyari who is also the Vice Chancellor of Moddibo Adama University of Technology, Yola said having been made to announce a different result at gun point, it could be safe to conclude that Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi State had no result as at press time.

Titi