Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa state have threatened to attack members of the opposition ahead of the state’s Gwaram Federal Constituency bye-election on Saturday.
The members were seen with rifles, cutlasses, and other weapons in a video seen by NewsDirect, chanting the name of the APC candidate, Yusuf Galambi.
The poll was set for June 19 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Following the death of Yuguda Hassan Kila, the last holder of the position, on March 4, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, declared the seat vacant.
“Consequently, the commission has fixed Saturday, 19th June, 2021 for the conduct of bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the said constituency in the House of Representatives,” INEC had said in a statement.
“The official notification for the election will be published on 17th May 2021.
“Political parties shall conduct their primaries between 18th and 24th May, 2021.
“The access code for online submission of nomination forms will be available for collection from 24th May 2021 at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, while the last day for submission of the list of nominated candidates is 28th May 2021 at 6pm.”