Mao Ohuabunwa, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member representing Abia North Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate, is seeking the cancellation of the senatorial election held in his constituency last Saturday, which was won by former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
Mr. Kalu’s victory may now be in jeopardy as Ohauabunwa told journalists in Abuja on Friday that he has already petitioned the INEC to declare the polls inconclusive because none of the candidates secured the required score to be declared winner.
Recall That INEC had declared Mr. Kalu the senator-elect for Abia North.
Ohuabunwa said, “I am calling on the INEC to abide by its rules and regulations by declaring the results inconclusive. INEC actually collated the results and announced scores of the candidates without declaring a winner.
“This is because the results fell short of the INEC guidelines to declare anyone as the winner. It is very clear in INEC rules that when the margin of lead is far below the number of votes cancelled or areas where elections did not hold, the election should automatically be declared inconclusive.
“The collation officer was aware of this fact that was why he did not declare anybody as the winner of the election. He only read the results and left.
“Rule 33(e) of INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of elections, stipulates that where the number of cancelled votes outnumbers the difference in a vote of a ‘leading candidate’, such election shall be deemed to be inconclusive.”