YUGUDA YET TO GET RUNNING MATE
Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State is yet to get a running mate for the April 26 governorship election.
According to the candidates list of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Ibrahim Abdullahi is the governor's running mate, instead of Sagir Saleh, whose name was submitted by the Peoples Democratic Party.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mohammed Al-Amin, had petitioned INEC over the error right from the day when the list of candidates was made public, and it was discovered that Saleh's name was missing.
However, Saleh's name is still missing from the list of candidates, while the name of Abdullahi is on the list.
INEC Resident Commissioner in Bauchi State, Senator IIliya Audu , told journalists on Friday prior to the postponement of the National Assembly elections that the omission of Saleh's name was an error.
Audu, who could not explain how the mistake came about, promised that the error would be corrected immediately.
He had during the briefing stated that 'it is not a deliberate action by INEC but an error and you will agree with me that an error can occur at any stage of an assignment.
'We have noticed it and it will be corrected as soon as possible.'
Al-Amin said, 'The party has not received any official communication from INEC in spite of the fact that we wrote them officially when we noticed the error.''
He, however, promised to cross check with INEC so that the party would know the next line of action to take to correct the error.
Al-Amin said 'As far as we in the PDP are concerned, our governorship running mate is Saleh and nothing can change that and we are confident that INEC will correct the error before the elections.
'There is no cause for alarm, we are on top of the situation and I can assure you that it will be corrected since it was not the party that committed the error nor gave a contrary name.
Efforts to get Audu for comments proved abortive as he was said to be busy preparing for the rescheduled National Assembly elections.