With PDP Candidates Leading, INEC Declares Gov Elections In Sokoto, Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi Inconclusive

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With the candidates of the Peoples Democratic leading, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared four governorship elections inconclusive.

The affected States are Sokoto, Adamawa, Plateau and Bauchi.

In Sokoto, the returning officer, Professor Fatima Batulu Muktar, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Dutse, who declared the election inconclusive in the early hours of Monday said her decision was based on the huge numbers of cancelled votes.

Out of the total number of 1,033,081 accredited voters of the 1,887,767 registered voters, 987,942 was recorded as valid votes and 30,082 as rejected votes, from the 1,018024 total votes cast.

Incumbent Governor Tambuwal lead with a margin of 3,413 votes.

He polled a total vote of 489,558, while his main challenger, Aliyu Ahmed got 486,145 votes.

In Bauchi, INEC could not declare a winner yet in the governorship contest between incumbent Mohammed Abubakar and the PDP challenger, Bala Mohammed, a former minister.

With all the results from the councils tallied, Governor Abubakar polled 465,453 votes, while Bala Mohammed got 469512, a margin of 4059 votes.

But the returning officer, Professor Mohammed Kyari from Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa declared the election inconclusive.

He explained the reasons for the action,“First, that the margin of lead between the PDP and APC Candidates is 4, 059 votes. Secondly, the number of cancelled votes even without that of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area which he had earlier cancelled was 45, 312.

“Thirdly, the total number of registered voters in the affected areas are 139, 240.”

“Therefore, based on Section 26 Part 53 of the Electoral Act, I hereby declare this result inconclusive.”

He, therefore, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state to immediately conduct a re-run in the affected areas within 21 days.

The electoral umpire also declared Saturday’s governorship election in Plateau and Adamawa States inconclusive.

Prof. Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer announced this in the early hours of Monday in Jos, after collating results from the 17 local government areas.

Kimbir, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said the total number of votes cancelled were more than the difference in the number of votes the the two major candidates got, “hence was constrained to declare the polls inclusive”.

He said Simon Lalong of the All Progressive Congress (APC) scored 583, 255 votes, while his closest rival, Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Useni (rtd) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 538, 326 votes in the election.

Kimbir, who put the total number of cancelled votes in the state at 49, 347, noted that it was above the total difference of 44, 929 in the votes scored by the two major candidates.

He ruled, “In line with section 179, subsection two of the 1999 constitution as amended, I am constrained to declare this election inconclusive.

“This is because the total number of cancelled votes is above the difference that exist in the votes garnered by the two major candidates.

“So, in line with the electoral act, a supplementary elections will be conducted in the affected areas in 21 days.”

The same was the case in the Adamawa Governorship election, where the PDP candidate won the majority of the votes cast.

But it was also said to be inconclusive and a new date for the rerun election would be announced.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Andrew Haruna said the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two contestants and therefore, a new date for the rerun election would be announced.

Haruna mentioned about 44 polling units affected across the state.

However, before the election was declared inconclusive, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Fintiri, was leading the incumbent governor, Jibrila Bindow with a vote margin of 32, 476 votes.

Mr Fintiri polled 367, 471 votes, while Bindow got 334, 995 votes.

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