The Bauchi State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission has presented certificate of return to the State Governor elect. Senator Bala Muhammad and members of the State House of Assembly.
Speaking at the ceremony held over the weekend, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe states, Alhaji Baba Shehu Arfo explained that the ceremony was in compliance with the Commission’s mandate to present certificate of return to all elected members.
Alhaji Baba Arfo who emphasised the determination of INEC to conduct free and fair election in the country, expressed concern over the violence and other election malpractice witnessed in some local government areas of the state.
The INEC National Commissioner therefore called on the elected officials and all Nigerians to join hands with the Commission towards addressing the identified challenges.
In a remark, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi appealed to those presented with the certificates of return to justify the confidence reposed on them considering the massive turnout of electorates during the just concluded general elections.
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi assured that INEC would improve on its operation, applauded political parties in the state for the maturity exhibited during the elections.
Responding, Governor-elect, Senator Bala Muhammad on behalf of all the elected members, pledged to work with those who lost the election for the speedy development of the state.
Senator Bala Muhammad thanked people of the state for the mandate given them and promised to justify the confidence reposed on them by working with all the stakeholders.