2019: Dogara’s constituents shut down Bauchi INEC to protest attempt to relocate collation centre

Hundreds of protesters from speaker Yakubu Dogara's Dass, Tafawa
Balewa and Bogoro constituency, Monday shut down Bauchi Independent
National Electoral Commission's office.

This followed protest over alleged attempt by the electoral body to
again relocate the existing collation centre from Zwall to Dass LGA of
Bauchi state.

Leader of the protesters, Ya'u Soja hinted reporters that they are in
INEC to kick against its purported plans to relocate collation centre
away from Zwall.

"We are in INEC to tell the world that all 30 political parties
including APC are vehemently against any attempt to relocate collation
away from Zwall to Dass with the tacit support of the electoral body
in the claim of insecurity," said Soja.

Soja added that APC is in fear of losing the next general elections
due to Dogara's popularity and achievement in the areas.

The constituents irrespective of any political difference, Soja
stressed are not interested in any move for the relocation of the
collation centre.

The protesters had brandished placards with various inscriptions.

The constituents had warned INEC to, "follow the path of honour and
steer clear in their tacit support for APC ahead of the general

"We will not succumb to APC's pressure apparently to disenfranchise
our people from voting candidates of our choice, especially Dogara",
added the constituents.

Mallam Yahaya, heads of voters registration and publicity who
addressed the protesters urged them to exercise patience as the
electoral body will do everything possible to address their

He said INEC was a respecter of the law and will not succumb to any
unlawful act to jeopardize its duty.

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