The Returning officer for Tafawa Balewa local government Area in Bauchi has blurted out over threats to her life since March 9 governorship and State House polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officer, Dominion Anosike, noted that there have been several threats of instant death if she is found within or near the state.
The state’s Returning Officer for the governorship election, Mohammed Kyari, earlier cancelled the election of the LGA on the argument that Anosike refused to use the appropriate form to enter the collated result.
He stated that INEC earlier scheduled March 23 for supplementary elections in the state, over the inconclusive result.
Meanwhile, Anosike said, “We had to use photocopies of other forms to collate results because we were forced under duress to announce the results”.
“My electoral officer and I were collating results about 11 pm on Saturday had collated for six wards, Around 6:00 am on Sunday, hoodlums came and started throwing stones, They were violent and insisted that we must announce the results but l managed to escape.”
Though the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Bala Mohammed got 40,000 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar, of the APC who had 29,000 votes in the LGA, Kyari rejected the result on the claim that the excuse given by Anosike was not tenable.
When results from the other 19 LGAs were collated, Mohammed still led Abubakar with 4,059 votes, while 45,312 votes were cancelled, leading to the declaration of the state governorship election inconclusive.
However, a committee was set up by INEC committee to look into the matter and Anosike was invited by the committee.
In a letter directed to INEC chairman, Anosike said she would testify in Abuja rather than Bauchi, stressing that testifying in the state would constitute a threat to her life.