Bauchi Guber: ‘I’ve Been Threatened With Instant Death,’ Collation Officer Raises Alarm

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The collation officer of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi State, Dominion Anosike, has alleged threat to her life.

She made the allegation in a letter she personally signed and addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Recall that the results from the Local Government were cancelled. The election in the state was thereafter declared as inconclusive.

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Before the election was declared inconclusive, the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party had polled 469,512 votes while the incumbent APC governor polled 465,453 votes.

The state’s returning officer, Muhammed Kyari, had refused to collect the result from Anosike because it was not recorded on the official return sheet.

But Anosike explained that thugs snatched the authentic result sheet after they disrupted the collation process at the local government level.

INEC has however fixed March 23 for supplementary elections in some polling units in Bauchi.

Anosike, in the letter, asked that the INEC set up a panel where she will testify about what happened during the collation which led to the cancellation of the results.

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She pleaded that she testify in Abuja as she has been “threatened with instant death” if she was found in or around Bauchi.

The letter read, “I superintended over the above election in Tafawa Balewa LGA as the Returning Officer and I believe that there will be need for your committee to find out from me what transpired at the collation centre that led to the cancellation of the result by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State.

“The purpose of this letter to your good offices, is to indicate my desire to appear before the team in another location, preferably Abuja- as doing that in Bauchi State would constitute a threat to my life, as I have already been threatened with instant death, should I be found anywhere in or near Bauchi State.”

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