by Panshak Ibrahim
Senator Aisha Alhassan, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the just-concluded governorship election in Taraba State, says she will not accept the result of the polls announced by INEC on Sunday, April 26.
Alhassan, who was aiming to become the first elected female governor in the history of Nigeria, got defeated by Ishaku Darius of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The INEC Returning Officer for Taraba Prof. Kyari Mohammed, announced on Sunday that the PDP candidate got 369,318 votes while Alhassan came second with 275,984 votes.
Shortly after the announcement of the results, Alhassan addressed a press conference in Jalingo, describing the election as “daylight robbery”, adding that the party would challenge the results in the elections petitions tribunal.
She said: “The combined governorship elections in Taraba were characterised by violence, massive rigging, ballot snatching and abuse of the card readers in substantial parts of the state by the PDP and their allies.”
Alhassan insists that the results announced for Wukari, Donga, Takum, Sardauna, Zing, Yorro, Kurmi and some parts of Ussa, Karim-Lamido, Bali, Ardo-Kola and Lau local government areas were not acceptable as they painted a different picture from what happened in the election in Taraba.
She added that all the necessary complaints on the irregularities and abuse of the election guidelines were promptly reported to INEC, however, no action has been taken by the electoral commission.