After a hard-fought campaign and election, the defeated Bauchi Governor Muhammad Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Bala Mohammed, who won the governorship election.
“I congratulate my brother, Sen Bala on this victory at the polls,” the governor said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ali M. Ali, on Monday night.
He extended an invite to the governor-elect to work out a smooth transition.
Backstory: Sen.Bala Mohammed emerged the new governor of Bauchi State after polling 515,113 votes to defeat the incumbent, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 500,625 votes.
The Scoop had previously reported that the odds seemed to be in Mohammed’s favor after a judge in the High Court in Abuja on Monday declined jurisdiction on a suit filed by the governor over announcement of results in Tafawa Balewa local government area.
Bottom Line: Of all the supplementary elections conducted last weekend, Bauchi is the only one where the loser has congratulated the winner. In Sokoto, Benue, Plateau and Kano, the losers have signaled intent to contest the results.