From: Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Support Initiative for Vulnerable Women and Children (SIVWOC), in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Politicians and other stakeholders to avoid doing anything that will cause the breakdown of law and order on the inconclusive governorship election in the State.
State Coordinator of the group, Fatima Umar, stated this over the weekend in Bauchi when she addressed a press conference at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Bauchi.
She said the consequences and effect of violence always affect Women, Youths and children and urged stakeholders to do everything possible for peaceful resolution to resolve the matter within the ambit of the law to avoid violence over the matter.
Fatima pleaded with the stakeholders to continue to maintain decorum and to refrain from any act or pronouncements that are likely to degenerate into violence which may disrupt the peace in the state.
On the inconclusive election declared by Professor Mohammed Kyari, the State Returning Officer, Fatima said they have consulted their lawyers, who told them that “based on the provisions of Section41(a)- (e) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended), State INEC Collating or Returning
Officer has the power to collate result, make declaration and return person who is duly elected as Governor;
“He can conduct election, has the power to collate result, make declaration and return person who is duly elected as Governor; he can conduct runoff election; decline to return person elected on ground of inconclusiveness of the election, but shall conduct re-run election in places where result was cancelled.
She said based on “A” above, that the decision of INEC to have reversed its earlier stand to conduct supplementary election at Tafawa Balewa LGA amounts to approbating and re-probating.
With the conclusion of the supplementary elections, Bauchi now awaits the decision of the court on the collation of result of the governorship election in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area before determining the governor elect.