The Niger state chapter of All progressive congress (APC) has rejected the results of the just concluded Niger East Senatorial bye Elections.
Speaking at a Press conference in Minna, the party candidate in the election, Mr David Umuru, noted that the exercise was characterised with serious malpractices perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He alleged that money and material such as shoes and wrappers were used openly to buy votes in many polling units.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Dr Shem Zagbai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Niger East Senatorial by-election after a re-run.
The August 30 by-election was declared inconclusive due to electoral malpractice in some polling units.
The re-run was held in polling units in Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas on Saturday.
Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Morenikeji Olakonmi, who announced the results in Minna, said that Zagbai scored 92, 056 votes against Mr David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 87, 405 votes.
Isa Bello of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Abdulahi Diko of Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 2,185 and 419 votes respectively.
State Spokesperson of the APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, had on Sunday rejected the results, saying the result announced by the INEC at the early hours of Sunday was “unacceptable” to the party.
He also said though the party was currently studying the result and will make its position known, but “for now the result is unacceptable”.
“Though the party is yet to take a decision on the outcome of the by-election, all I know for is that the result announced by INEC is not acceptable and in due course the official position of the party will be announced.
“The next line of action on the by-election will be taken after consultations at the state level. We are also in touch with the national headquarters of the party and our position will be made known”.