PDP to rerun Bauchi gubernatorial primary after contender withdraws

PDP to rerun Bauchi gubernatorial primary after contender withdraws

The Peoples Democratic Party will organise a new primary for governor in Bauchi due to the winner’s withdrawal.

Barrister Ibrahim Kassim, who resigned from his post as secretary of the Bauchi State administration to run for governor in the state’s primary election, ran “unopposed,” according to the party.

Punch reporter learned from a reliable source inside the PDP in the state that Kassim, a former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, entered the race to represent the then-governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, who was vying for the presidential nomination.

The insider also informed our reporter that the governor had discreetly acquired the governorship form and been surreptitiously vetted and approved as a backup plan should he not get the party’s presidential nomination.

Mohammed, who received just 20 votes in last week’s presidential primary poll, is claimed to have returned to the state to take over the party’s ticket since Kassim has resigned as the party’s candidate.

Hassan Grema, the Returning Officer of the PDP Governorship Electoral Panel in Bauchi State, said that Kassim was the lone candidate and received 655 of the 656 legal votes cast, with one invalid vote.

When journalists discovered that the name and photo of the governor were also printed alongside those of Kassim, they questioned the PDP Chairman, Hamza Akuyam, after the election why this was the case. He said, “The national Secretariat made a typographical mistake. He did not purchase a form for the governorship since he is running for president.”

In contrast, the candidate’s departure from the election affected the calculations made by the governor and the party.

“We did not see it is coming; it caught us by surprise,” a source said to our reporter.

Yayanuwa Zainabari, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, confirmed the news to the media, stating, “Yes, I can confirm that our gubernatorial candidate, Barr Kashim Ibrahim, has withdrawn from the race. The only justification he stated for his withdrawal was that he had personal reasons.” Since he has willingly resigned, the party has no choice except to accept his decision and thank him for his loyalty.

We have begun finding a successor for him by the applicable election rules and norms. We will examine all applicable legislation and take appropriate action.”

Asked whether what the party is doing is not an attempt to mislead the voters, he said, “No, it’s not a deception; he willingly purchased the forms, ran and won, and now he has voluntarily withdrawn.” There is no deception present.”

The Publicity Secretary stated, “By the grace of God, he will be our candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election in the state, as the people of Bauchi State have urged Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir. To serve a second term as governor.”

You know that he ran for and lost the party’s presidential nomination; he can now run for the gubernatorial nomination to be the PDP candidate in 2023.”

The PDP spokesperson assured, “In sha Allah, we will inform the public of our next course of action today and Saturday. It might be another primary election in the state, or direct substitution, whichever is simpler and permitted by law.

However, he assured the people of Bauchi State that the PDP is not confused and is not trying to deceive them but is instead acting by law.

A member of the State Working Committee has confirmed to The PUNCH that Kassim has submitted his resignation letter to the party’s national headquarters today, Tuesday.

“Yes, what you have heard is accurate; he has resigned, leaving the party without a candidate.” INEC has stipulated that new elections must be held immediately to meet the deadline. I do not know when he resigned, but I am aware that he submitted his resignation letter to the national leader. This was always part of the agreement. The law states that if you do not intend to run in the election again, you must write and submit a letter to the party, sell forms to some individuals and conduct a new primary.

“I do not know if nomination papers will be sold, but I know that a new primary election will be held on Friday or Saturday. We went to INEC, and they informed us that since the deadline has not passed, we can still conduct an election and get our candidate, which we will do on Friday or Saturday, the source said.

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