The returning officer for Tafawa Balewa local government area, Bauchi state, Dominic Anosike, in the gubernatorial election, has told INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu that her life is under threat.
The election in Bauchi was declared inconclusive over the cancellation of votes from the local government where she worked as a returning officer.
The returning officer for the governorship election, Mohammed Kyari had cancelled the election of the LGA, over Anosike’s failure to follow stated guideline in the collation of the result.
Bala Mohammed, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had garnered 40,000 votes against Mohammed Abubakar, incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 29,000 votes in the disputed LGA.
But Anosike had defended her decisions citting undue pressure and violence by suspected thugs who snatched the result sheet of the LGA.
According to her, “There was violence and I was forced to announce results under duress. We had to use photocopies of other forms to collate results because we were forced under duress to announce the results.”
“My electoral officer and myself were collating results and about 11 pm on Saturday we had collated for six wards. Around 6:00 am hoodlums came and started throwing stones. They were violent and insisted that we must announce the results but l managed to escape.”
In an effort to get to the root of the matter, INEC set up a committee to look into the issue.
After receiving invitation from the committee to testify, Anosike, in a letter dated March 13, told Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the commission, that she preferred to testify in Abuja, not Bauchi as her life was under threat.
She wrote, “I superintended over the above election in Tafawa Balewa LGA as the Returning Officer and I believe that there will be need for your committee to find out from me what transpired at the collation centre that led to the cancellation of the result by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State.”
“The purpose of this letter to your good offices, is to indicate my desire to appear before the team in another location, preferably Abuja- as doing that in Bauchi State would constitute a threat to my life, as I have already been threatened with instant death, should I be found anywhere in or near Bauchi State.”