The Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has denied a report making the round that he snatchedballot boxesduring the chairmanship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Toto LocalGovernmentArea of the state.
Abdullahi stated this while briefing journalists yesterday in Lafia over the allegation that he snatched ballot boxesto favour the Interim Management Committee chairman of Toto, Nuhu Dauda. He described the allegation as not only false but unfounded and baseless, saying it was created by his enemies who were all out to destroy his political career.
According to him, “Some party supporters attempted to disrupt the election when theydiscoveredthat Nuhu Dauda who was one of the chairmanship aspirants was leading.”
“The election was going on smoothly before some people went and mobilized their thugs to disrupt the process. It was unfortunate and a threat to our electoral process. As a senior citizen of Nasarawa State, how will I snatchballot boxmeant for election where there was adequate security onground?” he asked.
It was reported that problem started when the primary election presiding officer from the state’s party headquarters made anannouncementat the end of theeventaround 3pm, on Monday, that votes counting and resultsannouncementwould be made in Lafia instead of the venue of theeventwhich was Toto local council secretariat.
Election agents of two of the three contestants disagreed with the idea, but the speaker, who was said to be backing Adamu Nuhu, allegedly had his way with theballot boxunder thewatchof armed security men.