The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has boycotted the December 9 Bakura state constituency supplementary election in Zamfara.
The development was disclosed by the Chairman of the state APC Publicity Committee, Ibrahim Magaji, in Gusau.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared the December 5, bye-election in the state as inconclusive following cancellation of results in 14 polling units due to over-voting.
The electoral body in its statement also fixed December 9 for the supplementary election in the 14 polling units that were affected.
Magaji while speaking on the decision of the party, stated that the decision was reached because it has lost confidence in both INEC and security agencies in the state.
“Our decision is based on the unfortunate situation that characterised the December 5 Bakura bye-election.”
“The election was marred by intimidation, harassment and large scale violence that culminated in snatching of ballot boxes, the kidnapping of electoral officials and killing of innocent people.”
“Our representatives attended the stakeholders meeting organised by INEC in Gusau on Monday, December 7, to fine-tune measures put in place for the smooth conduct of the supplementary election.”
“The meeting was supposed to be attended by security agencies in the state because of their pivotal role as critical stakeholders in the election, but neither their heads nor their representatives attended the meeting.”
Magaji added, “APC as a party, reviewed the issues pertaining to the election, especially concerning security of lives and property of the electorate.”
“After intimating INEC of our fears, we suggested that the election be shifted to a more convenient date so that all the issues raised from the last election will be addressed, but INEC went ahead with the plans to conduct the election on December 9.”
“We wish to inform the general public that the APC will not participate in the supplementary election.”
Recall that the INEC on Monday disclosed that it has found its missing ad hoc staff in Zamfara State.
The electoral body on December 5, declared it staff missing during the Bakura State Constituency by-election in Zamfara State.