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‘How Election Committee Chair Collected N200m To Help APC Candidate Emerge’



The Taraba Progressive Movement a group within the All Progressive Congress has called for cancellation of the primary elections conducted in Taraba state, saying it was flawed by massive irregularities and violence.
The group alleged that the Governorship Primary Election Committee led by Senator Emmanuel Dangana Ocheja collected the sum of N200 million from Sani Abubakar Danladi to declare him winner at the middle of the night after an agreement was earlier reached by all stakeholders to suspend the process.‎
‎The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Muhammad Umar said  the Taraba State Governorship Primary Election Committee was highly compromised and “poorly rigged the election for Sani Abubakar Danlandi.”
Umar said actions of the committee has confirmed the plot to scuttle the primary election uncovered by the group earlier. ‎
The group said there was no election in at least 120 wards across the state but the election committee sat in Jalingo to receive allocated result sheets written in the house of one Ahmed Yusuf a well known political thug.
 All the results in favour of Sani Abubakar Danlandi and had jettisoned the laid down guidelines of conducting primary election.
“The results were fabricated by an aspirant who highjacked returning officers and materials at gun point. We therefore call on the Party’s national leadership not to accept it outcome.”
“Elections did not hold in almost all of the 168 wards, and where elections were attempted in Jalingo and Wukari, they were marred with violence, uses of fake election result sheet, intimidation of party members and hijacking of returning officers at the ward level‎.”
The group added that the results been branded by the Governorship Primary Election Committee does not even correspond with the reality on ground in Taraba State.
“‎As committed democrats, the members of the APC stands firmly for a democratic contest, where only card carrying members of the party in 2014 would be allowed to elect their flagbearer, not a compromised committee imposing candidates that could not win elections on the party.
The group also called for the disqualification of Sani Abubakar Danlandi and Sen. Joel Ikenya from the race for thuggery  and violation of rules guiding conduct of elections.
“Sani Danladi is a known political thug, illiterate and someone who cleared the Taraba treasury including curtains, cutleries from the Government house during his short reign as acting governor, he has corruption cases with the EFCC and nobody would vote for him in Taraba.”
 The group appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomole to step in and get the purported elections canceled to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2015 , “when people only voted for him and refused to come out for the gubernatorial elections.”