On Saturday, residents of Bauchi South Senatorial District filed out in their thousands to vote for their preferred candidates in a bye-election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The election was held to fill the vacancy created by the death of the last occupant, Ali Wakili.
Candidates of nine political parties participated in the election. The parties in the contest are All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Peoples Party (APP), Kowa Party, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), People for Democratic Change (PDC), African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The candidates in the election are Lawal Yahaya Gumau (APC); Isah Yuguda (GPN); Haruna Ayuba (ADC); Aminu Tukur (APP) and Usman Hassan (Kowa Party).
Others are Maryam Bargel (SDP); Husseini Umar (NNPP); Usman Chaledi (PDC); and Ladan Salihu (PDP).
Mr Yuguda of GPN is the immediate former governor of the state.
The local government areas where election took place are Bauchi, Toro, Dass, Tafawa-Balewa, Bogoro, Alkaleri and Kirfi.
The bye-election was largely considered peaceful even though there was low turnout in some polling unit.
The heavy downpour that occurred on Saturday evening is believed to have slowed down the process of collating the results at the local offices.
Some of the polling centres in places like Dass, Bauchi and Tafawa-Balewa also started the voting exercise late due to faulty Card Readers.
Though restrictions on movement have been relaxed since 8 p.m. on Saturday, the major routes leading to the INEC headquarters in Bauchi are still heavily guarded by a joint team of armed soldiers and police officers.
The police public relations officer, Kamal Datt, had informed PREMIUM TIMES that five persons were arrested for various electoral offences during the elections.
He did not give details or the nature of their offense.
PREMIUM TIMES is live at the INEC headquarters in Bauchi to bring you the results as they are announced.
Read our live updates of the election proper here.
As at 8:10a.m., only results from Dass Local Government Area have arrived the INEC collation centre in Bauchi. But officials have not commenced the collation process.
Bauchi South senatorial bye election: INEC collation centre getting set for tallying of results. 3 LGAs set to present their results, any moment soon.
Local Government Collation officers from Das, Bogoro and Tafawa-Balewa have so far arrived the INEC collation centre ready to present their results any time soon.
Journalists and domestic election observers have been screened into the collation centre, waiting for the officials to arrive the hall
The Bauchi REC, Professor Abdullahi, in an opening remark, called on participants to be magnanimous in victory and gallant in defeat.
He said the collation of the result will eventually lead to the announcement of a winner which he said is unavoidable in any contest.
The Zonal Election Commissioner, Shettima Baba Arfo, commended participants in the election process for a job well done so far.
He said INEC is getting better by the day. He urged Nigerians to continue supporting the electoral body.
The returning officer for Bauchi South Senatorial District Bye-election is announced to be Ahmed Fadam, a professor. He is from the Department of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Bauchi.
APC wins in Dass local government
Das local government result as presented by the Collation officer.
Toro Local Government Result Announced by Professor Aliyu Muhammed.
Total Valid votes 54,649
Rejected Votes 2731
Total votes cast 57,380
There were cases of ballot box snatching which led to cancellation of votes in 13 units.
PDP wins in Speaker Dogara’s local government
Number of Reg voters : 45599
Accredited: voters 16970
ADC – 60
APP – 1557
DA – 24
GPN – 817
KP – 21
MPN – 39
NNPP – 1924
PDC – 152
PDP – 6,646
SDP – 612
Total Valid Votes 15872
Rejected Votes- 718
Total votes 16592
Results were cancelled in 17 units due to over voting (10, 727 votes cancelled)
APC wins in Kirfi Local Government
Kirfi Local Government Result as presented by Prof Elijah Onezegah
Total Reg.voters: 64,653
ADD – 80
Total Valid votes : 17043
Rejected Votes: 774
Total Valid votes: 17,817
Total votes cancelled due to violence and poor voter education is 2,507
Results of four local governments have now been announced (Dass – APC; Toro – APC; Bogoro – PDP; Kirfi – APC).
The results of the remaining three local governments are now being awaited.
Collation of results resumes at the collation centre
APC wins Bauchi Local Government Area
Results of Bauchi local government presented by Professor Sani Husseini
Total Registered voters -306,939
Total Accredited 91,782
ADC – 725
APC – 38, 958
GPN – 18, 736
MMN – 135
MPN – 109
PDC – 360
PDP – 13,053
SDP – 653
Total Valid votes :-80,623
Rejected Votes: 2920
Total votes cast: 83, 543
Cancellation was made in 28 units of which 15,017 votes were invalidated due over voting.
APC wins in Alkaleri Local Government, amidst mass vote cancellation
Results from Alkaleri as presented by Professor Simon Madugu from ATBU.
Total Registered voters: 107, 072
Total Accredited voters: 27, 575
APC – 13,-089
APP – 413
DA – 36
GPN – 2, 225
KP – 27
MMN – 34
PDC – 88
PDP -6, 245
SDP – 265
Total Valid votes – 24, 463
Rejected Votes – 1,220
Total votes cast 25, 683
Cancellation was recorded in 8 wards amounting to 40 polling units; and 16,298 votes affected. Reasons for cancellation were fracas, over voting, and non-usage of card readers.
Party agents blame massive cancellation on failure of card readers few hours after voting commenced. The agent of PDP at the collation centre, Samaila Burga, insisted that failure to provide alternative to failed card readers may push people to insist they must vote even without card readers.
He also alluded that in some areas in Alkaleri, election did not commence till 3pm due to late arrival of election materials.
“We are saying this, not for immediate measures to be taken, but for avoidance of future occurrence, because if it happens people may be forced to react.”
APC wins Tafawa-Balewa local government
Results for Tafawa-Balewa local government
Total Registered voters – 118,952
Total Accredited voters – 39,796
ADC – 176
APC – 14,309
APP – 6019
DA – 101
GPN – 3, 221
KP – 29
PDC – 173
PDP 8, 528
SDP – 647
Total Valid votes: 35, 548
Rejected Votes: 1815
Total votes cast: 37,363
Reasons for cancellation include over voting and violence by youth insisting unused ballot papers be shared amongst party agents.