The Zamfara chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must participate in next Wednesday’s rescheduled re-run by-election of Bakura state assembly constituency.
“You know there was a very large turn out of our supporters in last Saturday’s by-election when the opposition APC used their thugs to carryout various election malpractices including intimidation, ballot box snatching and threat to peace.
“I understand the APC is threatening to boycott the re-run, but l can assure you that unless they are outrightly conceeding defeat, we prefer to go to the electorates and let the people of Bakura decide,” the commissioner noted.
Similarly while speaking to newsmen on allegations that he snatched ballot boxes, the Commissioner of Local Governments, Alhaji Chado Gora said, “l was denied access to all the polling units that my party directed me to oversee during the by-election.
Earlier, the APC leader in the state, former governor Abdulaziz Yari had threatened that his party would not participate in the re-run by-election unless they obtained assurance from the security and INEC on safety of their lives and free and fair exercise that would be acceptable to all.
The by-election was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer, Prof. Ibrahim Magawata who said the exercise was marred with various forms of malpractices including ballot box smatching and intimidation of voters leading to the cancellation of votes from 14 polling units.