The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Sunday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Garba Ajiya, as the winner of Saturday’s bye-election in Takum 1 Constituency in Taraba State.
The PDP candidate polled 10,725 to defeat his closest opponent and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Atem Ansho, who polled 3,268 votes.
Returning Officer for the election and Senior Lecturer with the Federal University Wukari, Dr. Ayuba Daniel, announced the result at the collation centre in Takum.
Flanked by the National Commissioner in charge of Borno Adamawa and Taraba, Ahmed Tijani, Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Baba Abba Yusuf and his Yobe State counterpart, Ahmad Makama, the returning officer said 73,183 voters registered in the constituency, but only 16,671 voters were accredited and voted in the election.
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Earlier, Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Baba Abba Yusuf, in a remark, expressed happiness over the successful conduct of the election.
He commended the security agencies, Corps Members, party stakeholders and electorates for the peaceful conduct of the election.
The state governor, Darius Ishaku, while reacting to the election, congratulated the PDP candidate for his victory at the poll and commended INEC and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the election.
The governor, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, described the victory of his party as ‘victory for democracy.’
Ishaku called on the losers to accept the outcome of the result in good faith and for the winner to be magnanimous in victory.
But the APC secretary in the state, Stephen Othaniel, said the party was intimidated in the election which he noted was marred by ballot box snatching and vote buying.
“We are still studying the outcome of the election and we will come out with our position as party soon.
“But in summary, there was voter apathy, vote buying and intimidation of voters by PDP stewarts which is very bad for our democracy,” he said.
The seat of Takum 1 State Constituency became vacant following the murder of the former member representing the constituency, Hosea Ibi.
Hosea Ibi was abducted late last year in his home town Takum and was found dead after 15 days.