Gombe LP’s gov candidate rejects election result, heads for tribunal

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Keftin Amuga, a candidate for governor from the Gombe State Labour Party, challenged the election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday.

According to The PUNCH, incumbent governor Muhammadu Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress won with 342, 821 votes, defeating Muhammad Barde of the Peoples Democratic Party with 233,131 votes and Khamisu Mailantarki of the New Nigeria People’s Party with 19,861 votes.

According to the results published by Professor Maimuna Waziri, the state’s returning officer, the Labour Party candidate placed in a distant fourth with 1,753 votes.

Amuga stated in a news release sent by his campaign headquarters that the election results were not accurate representations of what was observed in the field on March 18, 2023.

Amuga said, “The results were manipulated, while the voting was characterised by voter suppression, massive vote-buying, late arrival of staff and sensitive materials, violent chasing away and intimidation of labour party agents.”

In order to retrieve his “victory,” the Labour Party candidate said that he will file an election petition with the election petition tribunal and court. He also noted that the legal process had already begun.

Amuga thanked his supporters for voting en masse for him and Peter Obi and urged them to continue to be persistent, composed, and dedicated to the party’s objectives.