Bauchi State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has on Friday filed a petition at election tribunal in the state challenging the outcome of the recent governorship election in which its candidate, Mohammed Abubakar who is the incumbent governor, lost to People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Bala Mohammed.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after submitting the petition at the tribunal, the state APC Chairman, Uba Nana, said they were there to fomally table their complaint against the election and seek justice.
It would be recalled that the outgoing governor earlier conceded defeat and congratulated the governor elect but later said that the national leadership of the party asked him to go to court.
The governor said he is a party loyalist and as such is in support of its new decision.
He noted that the party has hired four Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANS) to file the case saying he was hopeful that he would triumph in court.
In their reaction, the People’s Democratic Party alleged that the litigation initiated by the outgoing governor was only meant to waste government resources boasting that court will reaffirm its victory.
State publicity secretary of the party who reacted to the development in an interview with Blueprint on phone said it was ridiculous for the governor to allege that he was rigged out when he ‘was the one with incumbency power and has control of security agents’.
He claimed that the election in all the local governments of the state was violent free adding that even in areas were results were cancelled, supplementary election was conducted by INEC where their candidate won again.
“Just like we won the case filed by the governor at federal high court in Abuja against the results of Tafawa Balewa local government, we will win again in tribunal.”
“We are ready to defend our mandate and over 50 independent lawyers have indicated intention to defend us in any court,” he stated.