APC’s Mama Taraba rejects governorship result, heads for Tribunal

Aisha Al-Hasan

The All Progressives Congress candidate in the just-concluded governorship election in Taraba, Aisha Alhassan, has rejected the results of the poll as announced by INEC on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference in Jalingo shortly after the announcement of the results, Mrs. Alhassan described the entire elections process as “daylight robbery.”

She said the party would challenge the results in the elections petitions tribunal.

“The combined governorship elections in Taraba were characterised by violence, massive rigging, ballot snatching and abuse of the card readers in substantial parts of the state by the PDP and their allies,” she said.

She said the results of Wukari, Donga, Takum, Sardauna, Zing, Yorro, Kurmi and some parts of Ussa, Karim-Lamido, Bali, Ardo-Kola and Lau local government areas were not acceptable as they did not reflect the true results of the election in Taraba.

Mrs. Alhassan said all the complaints on the irregularities and abuse of the election guidelines were promptly reported to INEC, but no action was taken.

The INEC Returning Officer for Taraba, Kyari Mohammed, who declared the results on Sunday in Jalingo, said Darius Ishaku scored 369,318 votes to emerge victorious.

He said Mr. Alhassan came second with 275,984 votes, while David Kente of the Social Democratic Party polled 29, 966 votes.

If Mrs. Alhassan had been elected, she would have been the first elected female state governor in Nigeria.

(NAN)


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  • No Comment

    EVEN WHEN MAMA TARABA IS AT THE ELECTION TRIBUNAL
    SHE CAN ALWAYS ASK THE SAME QUESTION AS FOLLOWS:

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The APC do not accept election results yet they preach change. They have rejected every election where they lost….shame!!

  • Shimei

    Mama Taraba should take it easy. She ran a good campaign for the governorship of her state; only that the odds do not favour her. Tarana like most Nigerian cities, is deeply etched in the belief of male superiority. There are more Christians in this region of old Gongola who voted for their own, Mr Darius Ishaku. Taraba has always voted that way, remember Rev. Jolly Nyame, Governor (1999-2007). Meanwhile, the only power broker in the state, General TY Danjuma, is backing Mr. Ishaku, his Christian brother. Another odd was her party’s seeming disinterestedness in her plight owing to the Danjuma factor. A cash with the ‘big man’ is to early. There’s also the trite feeling that as a ranking senator, she has had her own share of the national cake, so the time is now to make way for another person. Hmm! Nigeria, we hail thee.