From Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
Supporters of Speaker of the Federal House of Representative Yakubu Dogara have protested attempt to relocate the collation center from for Bogoro , Dass , Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency from Zwall to Dass.
Among the protesters are Stake holders of Political Parties that have presented candidates for Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal constituency in the forth coming general election.
Presenting their Protest letter today Thursday in Bauchi to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Bauchi State Office on behalf of the collation of Political Parties that are contesting from Dass, Tafawa Balewa Bogoro Honourable Isa Babayo Tilde Zonal Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Bauchi South said “ we want INEC to sustain the continuity not to relocate the collation center from Zwall to Dass in the best interest of peace . just and fairness to all in the area”
He said the Federal constituency was established for the three local Government areas of Dass Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro in 1979, the headquarters of Tafawa Balewa was moved to Bununu in 2013 but collation center remain in Tafawa Balewa in 2015 there was attempt to relocate the collation center to Dajin due to the crisis bedeviled the area but there was fierce resistance from the Political stake holders which opposed in writing which led to several meetings by INEC , security agencies and stakeholders and at end of the meetings it was resolved the matter amicably to collate election result in Zwall.
A onetime member of the National Assembly Honourable Dauda Garba Bundot said initially the collation center was once moved from Tafawa Balewa to Zwall in the best interest of Peace during the Isa Yuguda administration , when Yuguda attempted to relocate the collation center to his farm Dogara took the case to court and the court ordered them to settle the matter a meeting of all stake holders was held they said both Yuguda and Dogara should be patient collation will leave Tafawa Balewa where Dogara wanted it to remain, and Yuguda should be patience it will not be cited at the place he want but it will be cited at the center which was Zwall that’s how they settle the matter in 2015.
He said when Dogara went to court he obtained a court order on 25 March 2013 before Justice ES Chukwu of the Federal High court Abuja which restrained INEC and the then Governor Isa Yuguda filed a suit in Bauchi Federal High Court and asked the court to relocate the collation center to Dajin the resolution of the suit by the Political stake holders led to the discontinuation of the suit by the state Government.
Collecting their written complained on behalf of the resident Electoral Commissioner Head of Public enlightenment and Public Affairs Officer of the electoral body Mohammed Yahaya Salihu said the electoral body will look in to their complain and will be fair to all according to the laws guiding their operations.