The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, August 19, declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Garba Ajiya, as the winner of Saturday, August 18’s bye-election into Takum 1 state constituency.
The PDP candidate polled 10,725 to defeat his closest opponent and the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. Atem Ansho who polled 3,268 votes.
Returning officer for the election and senior lecturer with the Federal University Wukari, Dr. Ayuba Daniel announced the result at the collation centre in Takum, The Punch reports.
Flanked by the national commissioner in charge of Borno Adamawa and Taraba, Alhaji Ahmed Tijani, Taraba state resident electoral commissioner, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf and his Yobe state counterpart, Alhaji Ahmad Makama, the returning officer said 73,183 voters registered in the constituency, but only 16,671 voters accredited and voted in the election.
Earlier, Taraba state resident electoral commissioner, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf in a remark, expressed happiness over the successful conduct of the election.
He commended the security agencies, corps members, party stakeholders and electorates for the peaceful conduct of the election.
Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku while reacting to the election, congratulated the PDP candidate for his victory at the poll and commended INEC and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the election.
The Governor who spoke through his senior special assistant on public affairs, Hon. Emmanuel Bello, described the victory of his party as ‘victory for democracy.’
Ishaku called on the losers to accept the outcome of the result in good faith and for the winner to be magnanimous in victory.
State secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Pastor Stephen Othaniel said APC was intimidated in the election which he said was marred by ballot box snatching and vote buying.
“We are still studying the outcome of the election and we will come out with our position as party soon.
“But in summary, there was voter apathy, vote buying and intimidation of voters by PDP stewarts which is very bad for our democracy,” he said.
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Recall that the seat of Takum 1 state constituency became vacant following the murder of the former member representing the constituency, Hon. Hosea Ibi.
Hosea Ibi was abducted late last year in his home town Takum and was found dead after 15 days.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the minister of women affairs and social development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, on Thursday, August 9, said her 2019 governorship ambition in Taraba state on the platform of the APC has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister, who is popularly called Mama Taraba, said this at the closing ceremony of the 18th Regular National Council on Women Affairs and Social Development.
The ceremony was hosted by the Lagos state government through the state ministry of women affairs and poverty alleviation.
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