Senator Aisha Alhassan, Taraba State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the supplementary governorship election conducted in the state on Saturday, has rejected the results of the poll won by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Darius Ishaku.
It would be recalled that Prof. Kyari Mohammed, Taraba State INEC Returning Officer, had on Sunday morning in Jalingo, declared Ishaku who scored 369,318 votes as winner and governor-elect.
Mohammed also announced that APC’s Alhassan, a serving Senator, came second with 275,984 votes, while Chief David Kente of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), polled 29, 966 votes and was placed third.
Alhassan, who addressed a press conference in Jalingo following the announcement of the results, kicked against the entire election process, the final results and vowed to challenge PDP’s victory at the Election Tribunal.
She said: “It was a daylight robbery; the party will challenge the results in the election petitions tribunal.
“The combined governorship elections in Taraba was characterised by violence, massive rigging, ballot snatching and abuse of the card readers in substantial parts of the state by the PDP and their allies.”
According to Alhassan, the results ascribed to Wukari, Donga, Takum, Sardauna, Zing, Yorro, Kurmi and some parts of Ussa, Karim-Lamido, Bali, Ardo-Kola and Lau local government areas did not reflect the true results of the election in Taraba and so were unacceptable.
She alleged that INEC refused to take any action on all the complaints on the irregularities and abuse of the election guidelines which were promptly reported to it.
Alhassan, therefore, said that the only option available to her and the APC was to head for the tribunal in order to retrieve her stolen mandate from the PDP.