#BauchiSouthDecides: Bye-Election Final Results [Updated]
Bauchi south senatorial bye election final results
APC won 6 out of 7 Local Government Areas
See some collated results:
- BOGORO Local Government
Total valid votes 15,874
Rejected votes 718
Total votes cast 16,592
Registered Voters 45,599
Accredited voters 16,170
- BAUCHI Local Government
- KIRFI Local Government
Rejected Votes 774
- DASS Local Government
- TORO Local Government
The All Progressives Congress [APC] candidate in the Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-election, Alhaji Lawal-Yahaya Gumau has won the election despite losing in Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s Local Government.
Alhaji Gumau had assured his supporters that he will work towards the amendment of the Constitution to make President Muhammadu Buhari life president if elected into the Senate.
He lost to the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] candidate in the said Local Government, Ladan Salihu who got 6,646 votes, while the APC candidate got 3992.
Gumau came under fierce criticism on Thursday when, speaking at the closing of his campaign in Bauchi, he had said:
“I, Lawal-Yahaya Gumau, want you to know that the mandate that will be given to me on Saturday is to go and protect Buhari’s interest in the Senate.
“This is the only mandate that I will be going to the Senate with, having fulfilled every other mandate to the best of my ability while in the House of Representatives for eight years.
“By God’s grace, we will amend Nigeria’s Constitution to allow Buhari to be President for the remaining years of his life.
“He will only cease to be President when God takes his life.
“Obasanjo tried all his best for the constitution to be amended to allow him go for a third term, but God didn’t approve of it because of its lack of sincerity.
“What is now needed in Nigeria is to protect Buhari’s interest and that is what we will do.”
Gumau was, until his declaration of intent to contest Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-election, the member representing Toro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Reacting to Gumau’s statement of intent to make Buhari a Life President, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law [Intersociety], a Civil Society Organisation [CSO], described him as the “newest member of the authors of tyranny and totalitarianism in Nigeria”.
Intersociety Lamented that “his sole purpose of going to Senate is to represent and protect Buhari’s interest especially to amend the Constitution to make him life president or president of Nigeria until he dies”.
The Civil Society Organisation, therefore, urged “lovers of human rights, justice and democracy in Nigeria and beyond the shores of the country…not take the said statement by the said senatorial aspirant lightly just as they seemingly took and treated with kid gloves warnings of August 2015.”
It concluded by saying that “Nigeria’s authors of tyranny and totalitarianism must not be allowed to set the country and its hard-won democracy on fire.”
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