Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia
The Senator representing Nasarawa South senatorial zone, Suleiman Adokwe, has vowed to take back the senatorial zone seat won by the state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, in the just concluded National Assembly election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Monday declared Al-Makura, who contested the state Southern senatorial district seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner having polled a total of 113,156 votes to beat Senator Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 104,495 votes.
But at a press briefing in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Adokwe who is the current representative of the district at the National Assembly, rejected the declaration of Al-Makura by INEC as the winner of the election. According to him, “We will take back our mandate. I have done that before. We will pursue it. In fact this case is going to be easier for me because what has happened is very easy to recover.” “It was done in a very shabby, brazen and jackboot manner. It was not a product of fine mind. So it is very easy to take it back. There is no need for us to go on confrontation. We will get our mandate back.”
The federal lawmaker went further to caution the state government and its collaborators in shortchanging the people of the state that if they don’t allow the people to exercise their democratic right, they are giving them no option than to go on a revolutionary path.
He said: “We are getting towards that. It is absolutely unacceptable to the generality of our people in the rural areas that they are prevented from voting as they are supposed to vote.”
And in cases where they have succeeded in voting, you will bring the votes to Lafia and a few people will just change the mandate.”
He concluded that he was not going to sit back and watch the state government and its co-travelers succeed in their plot until his constituents get reprieve of that oppression by way of him fighting matter to its logical conclusion in order to take back the mandate from the state governor.