The two leading parties – APC and PDP – have started preparations for the make-up poll ordered in six states on March 23.
The national leadership of the PDP said yesterday that the party was set for the supplementary poll in states where the elections were declared inconclusive.
The states are: Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Adamawa and Plateau.
Rising from an emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja yesterday, the party should demanded that INEC release the results of the elections in those states and make returns as appropriate.
In a statement after the emergency meeting, PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan insisted that the party was in clear lead in the states where the poll was declared inconclusive.
He accused INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu of bias, citing “the results of the governorship election in Ogun State where the APC candidate was declared winner even when the margin of lead between him and the runner up was lower than the number of cancelled votes”.
The main opposition party regretted that INEC denied victory for PDP governorship candidates who found themselves in similar circumstances in the affected states.
The statement reads: “The PDP found it strange that INEC can have two sets of rules in the same election for the various political parties.
The PDP said it had deliberated and interfaced with stakeholders from the various states where governorship supplementary elections have been scheduled to hold.
It added that following the deliberations, the party had mandated all its members to resist any attempt by anybody to tamper with the will of the people in their states.
The PDP said it was sure of victory in the affected states.
In Kano, a non-governmental organisation under the auspices of Kano State Civil Society Situation Room has filed a petition against the government over alleged attempt to buy votes ahead of the March 23 poll.
The co-convener of the petition comrade Abdulrazaq Alkali told reporters shortly after submitting the petition to the zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kano, that his group was aware of the anti-graft agency’s efforts at curbing vote buying.
Alkali explained that the petition was filed to draw EFCC’s attention to alleged withdrawal from the state’s treasury.
He urged the commission to investigate his group’s allegation.
The Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, described the petition as baseless.
Garo explained that the money withdrawn by the government was released to 13 councils out of which five were not among the local governments where the extra polls will take place.
“The funds released on the 12th of March were meant for executing government developmental projects,” the commissioner explained.
Ahead of the make-up poll, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Council has called for more security personnel to curtail violence.
The council said: “From reports available, there is a plan to disrupt the re-run, especially in APC strongholds.”
The council’s spokesman, Chief Terlumun Akputu, told reporters in Makurdi that security should be strengthened to stamp out vote buying and intimidation.
Akputu advised INEC to insist on the use of the Electronic Card Readers (ECRs) before accepting any result from polling units.
“There is where in Nigeria that APC recorded zero votes, except In Guma Local Government Area despite having candidates and agents which he said were chased out of the polling units,” the council said.
The Katagum Youth for Change (KYC) yesterday cautioned House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara against creating a crisis in the state.
It urged the Speaker and the PDP to stop misleading Nigerians on the political situation in the state.
KYC Chairman Mustapha Aleh spoke in Abuja against the backdrop of the eruption of violence in Bauchi after the governorship poll was declared inconclusive.
He said: “It is obvious that Bauchi erupted into violence after a briefing by the Speaker and PDP leaders in the state.
“We wish to warn Dogara and PDP against introducing a dangerous dimension to the politics of the state because of the desperation to make a cheap political point.
“The impression of lack of perfornance by Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar that Dogara and his gang of PDP desperados try to create is false, unfounded and should be disregarded.”