Drama as APC wins Bauchi senatorial poll without candidate

mahmood yakubu

Following the confusion in the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State over who is the  party’s authentic candidate for the Bauchi South senatorial poll is, the Independent National Electoral Commission decided to declare the APC  the winner of the election.

INEC, however, refused to mention the name of Lawal Gumau, the  senator representing the area  fielded by the APC.

The APC had declared Gumau the winner of its  primary election  ahead of Ibrahim Zailani.

But Zailani went to court to challenge the party’s decision.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, a few days to the election  ruled  in favour of Zailani  and ordered INEC  to recognise him as the APC’s candidate for the poll.

But the party  said it had suspended Zailani and therefore the judgement of the court  was not binding on it.

But declaring the result of the senatorial election, the Returning Officer, Prof Sarki Fagam,  only announced that the APC polled  250,725 votes  to win the election without mentioning the name of the party’s candidate for the poll.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state  Ibrahim Abdullahi said  there was a court  judgment ordering the APC to replace Gumau with Zailani but the party had  yet to  comply.