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Bauchi South bye election as Litmus test

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The Bauchi South Senatorial bye election is scheduled to take place today Saturday in seven out of the 20 local government councils in Bauchi state, where political parties are expected to participate actively in the unpredictable election.

The bye election is coming barely few months after the sudden death of the former Senator Ali Wakili and the subsequent declaration of his seat vacant by the Senate, which prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize a fresh bye -election to fill the vacant seat at the red chamber of the National Assembly.

Already six strong candidates including the immediate past Governor, two serving lawmakers in the state assembly, serving member of the House of Representatives, former Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and a former strong member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have emerged from six different political parties to aspire the only senate seat in Bauchi South.

The ruling party APC after its marathon primary election produced a member representing Toro Federal Constituency in the Green chamber, Hon LawanYahayaGumau as its flag bearer, while the former Director General FRCN and founder of Albarka Radio in the state emerged as the candidate of the strong opposition party PDP, while immediate past Governor of the state, Isa Yuguda will run from the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN).

Others include two members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon AminuTukur representing TafawaBalewa constituency, Hon Maryam Garba Bagel representing Dass Federal constituency that all defected from the ruling party APC to Action Peoples Party (APP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) respectively, while Barrister Hussaini Umar will run for the Bauchi south seat from the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).

Although the Bauchi South senatorial campaign team of the ruling party APC was led by President MuhammaduBuhari himself on 2nd August, 2018 at the AbubakarTafawaBalewa Stadium, Bauchi when he urged people of the zone to vote no other candidate than that of the ruling party as the best way to ensure growth development not only in the zone but the state in general, but the challenges facing the ruling party are enormous most especially, considering the caliber of candidates that are struggling to clinch the only seat.

It is a well-known fact that Bauchi State is a strong hold of President MuhammaduBuhari considering the highest number of votes he secured during the 2015 general election, but Saturday’s bye election is unpredictable, considering the interest of stakeholders and the electorates, especially after assessing the candidate’s one after the other.

Already the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure hitch free and fair elections during the weekend’s bye election.

Similarly, Saturday’s bye election will also serve as litmus test for both INEC and political parties, especially the ruling party APC ahead of the 2019 general elections scheduled for February next year. Will INEC do the needful and prove its critics wrong this time around?

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