Senator Bala Mohammed, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally been declared winner of the Bauchi State governorship election, defeating incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubabakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The state Returning Officer, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, made the declaration Monday night.
He said, “I, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, declares that I was the Returning Officer of the election in Bauchi State and that Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of the PDP, have satisfied the requirements of the law and having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner and is returned elected.”
The former FCT minister polled a total of 515,113 votes, while Governor Abubabakar got 500,625 votes, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said.
INEC had on Monday resumed the collation of results of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state, after a Federal High Court Abuja vacated aits earlier order, which it gave on March 19, stopping collation.
Recall that Prof. Mohammed had declared the March 9 Bauchi governorship election inconclusive after Governor Abubakar polled 465,453 votes and Mohammed got 469512, a margin of 4059 votes.
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.”