The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the Governorship elections in Plateau, Adamawa, Sokoto, and Bauchi States, inconclusive. Out of these States, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is leading in three, while the All Progressives Congress, APC, is leading in one.
The APC Candidate, Simon Lalong, is leading with 583,255 votes, in 11 Local Governments, while the PDP Candidate, Jeremiah Useni, got 538,326 votes.
Given the 44,929 votes margin in the lead, and the total number of cancelled votes at 49,377, the Returning Officer in Plateau State, Prof. Richard Kimbir, who spoke at the State INEC Headquarters, declared the election inconclusive.
Kimbir said: “Going by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I am constrained to say that the Governorship election is inconclusive. In 21 days, supplementary elections will be conducted.”
INEC has also declared the Adamawa State Governorship election, inconclusive.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Andrew Haruna, confirmed the development, at the Governorship election Collation Centre, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, on Monday.
Haruna maintained that 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 fixed.
Haruna mentioned about 44 polling units affected across the State.
The PDP is leading in the State.
The Governorship election which held in Sokoto State, on Saturday, has been declared inconclusive.
Announcing the results of the election, around 2:55am, on Monday morning, Fatima Mukhtar, the INEC Returning Officer, disclosed that the number of valid votes were 987,942, rejected votes was given as 30,082, while the total votes cast was given at 1,019,024.
Mrs. Mukhtar stated that the number of registered voters was 1,887,767, while the number of accredited voters was 1,033,081.
The results showed that the Sokoto State Governor and Candidate of the PDP, Aminu Tambuwal, polled 489,558 votes, while Aliyu Ahmad of the APC, polled 486,145, and the PPA polled 1,353 votes.
The margin of win between the two leading parties, the APC and PDP, was given as 3,413.
Similarly, the number of cancelled votes exceeded the margin between both parties. This, the INEC Official said, necessitated the need to declare the election inconclusive.
The Commission added that, there were cancellations in 22 LGAs and 136 polling units, with accredited voters of 75,403.
It will conduct a supplementary election as required by law.
“I cannot declare a winner in this election, and INEC will decide on this later”, Mrs. Mukhtar said.
INEC has also declared the Bauchi State Governorship election inconclusive.
From the final results declared, the margin of lead which stood at 4,059, is less than cancelled votes, 45,312, excluding Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area.
INEC will now organise another fresh election in the affected polling units of Tafawa Balewa LGA
Below are the details of the declared result.
Total registered voters: 2,323,603
Accredited voters: 1,056,729
Total votes cast: 1,026,801
Rejected votes: 21,419
Margin of lead: 4,059
Cancelled votes (without Tafawa Balewa): 45,312.