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CPC ALLEGES PLANS TO RIG BAUCHI SOUTH BYE ELECTION

By NBF News

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) says it has uncovered plans by the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the bye-election into the vacant seat of the Bauchi South Senatorial district slated for this Saturday

The seat became vacant following the appointment of Senator Bala Mohammed as Minister of the FCT by President Goodluck Jonathan. Information available to Daily Sun showed that 12 political parties had submitted names of nominees for the bye-election and campaigns had begun in earnest by the candidates.

But the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the CPC in Bauchi State, Alhaji Chindo Abdu during a press conference at the NUJ secretariat on Monday alleged that the state government and its candidates Alhaji Adamu Gumba were perfecting illegitimate ways to declare themselves winners.

He said; 'The ruling party having failed woefully to deliver democracy dividends to the electorate as a result of non performance, laziness, maladministration, misplaced priorities to the citizens of Bauchi State. Chindo who is the Director General of the Dr. Danjuma Dabo Organisation, (Dabo is the CPC candidate) said they have received reliable information that the PDP would use tax payers money to induce voters.

The CPC scribe alleged other illegitimate means by the PDP to achieve victory to include forcing traditional rulers to vote PDP as a precondition for holding on to their titles and executing judgment. 'They also want to use party thugs to cause confusion in designated areas preparatory to which, they would snatch ballot boxes and fill them with fake ballot papers and use security officials to rig the election.'

The CPC Assistant Publicity Secretary therefore, called on INEC and security officials not to allow themselves to be used adding that 'we are confident that all NEC officials and members of the security outfit would remain neutral and unbiased and will not allow the ruling PDP to use them and cover up their non performance.'

Chindo assured that CPC was working-around-the-clock, carrying out house-to-house campaign to win the hearts of the electorate in line with the doctrine, philosophy and vision of its leader, General Muhammadu Buhari.

In a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to Governor Isa Yuguda on Political and Mobilisation Alhaji Abdulmunni Kundack described the allegation by CPC as baseless and unfounded, attributing it to failure syndrome.