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Plateau: PDP candidate heads to Tribunal, alleges irregularities

Timothy Golu, chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, who reportedly lost his re-election bid to represent Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau State has vowed to reclaim his mandate at the Election Tribunal.

Golu, who was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was said to have lost to his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Yusuf Gakdi after polling 78,987 votes against 80,373 votes.

Speaking with Legislative Correspondents, Golu described the election which took place in the constituency as “inconclusive”, explaining that the collation/returning officer, Prof. Joseph Mangut had earlier declared the election in Kanam Local Government Area inconclusive but “was shocked to learn a day after that the result was announced declaring his PDP opponent as winner.”

According to him, “The returning agents were forced at gun point to announce the results that were inconclusive.

“Over 200 well-armed police and army personnel were drafted to Pankshin and they chased away everyone.

“It took the state REC, Alhaji Halilu Pai two days to respond to us when I insisted to know what is happening,” he explained.

A copy of the letter dated February 26, and co-signed by the collation/returning officer, Prof. Joseph Mangut, the PDP LGA returning agent, Samuel S. Goar and APC agent, Sam Mbok declaring the election ‘inconclusive’ showed that all the stakeholders agreed that the poll was not conclusive.

The letter read: “In the course of collation of results from Kanam LGA, it was observed by all stakeholders involved that there were observable challenges in 9 (sic) of 5 wards under Kanam for exhaustive deliberation on some it was finally resolved that the process be declared inconclusive.

“I Prof. Joseph Mangut, the collation/returning officer, by virtue of the powers conferred on me by the relevant section of the Electoral Guidelines hereby declare the Elections in Kanam inconclusive.

“I did not lose the election. But the collation of results in Kanam was inconclusive. If the result in the local government area is declared, I will win my opponent by a landslide margin,” Golu declared.

Kanam is one of the three local government areas that made up the federal constituency.

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