- After losing the Katsina senatorial district bye-election of Saturday, August 11 to the APC, the PDP in the state has vowed to challenged the results
- The party says it will take its case to the election tribunal
- Alhaji Ahmed Babba-Kaita of the APC won the election by scoring 224,607 votes
The Katsina state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will challenge the results of Katsina North senatorial district bye-election of Saturday, August 11 in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) coasted home to victory.
Punch reports that Salisu Majigiri, the state chairman of the party, said on Sunday, August 12, that the party would to take its case to the election tribunal.
NAIJ.com gathers that Majigiri alleged that the bye-election was fraught with “vote-buying, coercion and other discrepancies".
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.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina state declared Alhaji Ahmed Babba-Kaita of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the bye-election conducted in the Katsina North Senatorial district.
Prof Hudu Ayuba-Abdullahi, the returning officer who announced the result at 4:42 am in Daura on Sunday, August 12, said Kaita, a member of the House of Representatives scored 224,607 votes, while his elder brother and a retired customs officer, Alhaji Kabir Babba Kaita of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 59,724 votes.
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