GUBER POLLS: Why INEC Declared Governorship Elections Inconclusive in Bauchi, Adamawa, Sokoto And Plateau [READ]

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GUBER POLLS: Why INEC Declared Governorship Elections Inconclusive in Bauchi, Adamawa, Sokoto And Plateau

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the governorship elections held on March 9, 2019 inconclusive in four states of the federation.

The electoral umpire says that the results of the guber polls in Bauchi, Sokoto, Plateau and Adamawa.

See the reason INEC declared the elections inconclusive below.

Sokoto

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The victory party has been placed on hold in the camps of the two leading candidates, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, PDP, and his erstwhile deputy, Ahmed Aliyu of the APC.

Speaking in the early hours of Monday, the returning officer, Professor Fatima Batulu Muktar, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Dutse, declared the election inconclusive basing her decision on the huge numbers of cancelled votes.

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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.

Governor Tambuwal, with a total vote of 489,558 was ahead of his arch-challenger, Aliyu Ahmed, who polled 486,145 votes, with a margin of 3,413 votes.

The margin according to Professor Fatima Mukhtar, in contrast with the numbers of votes cancelled, rendered the election inconclusive.

“Due to cancellation in 22 local government areas across 136 polling units with a total number of 75,403 cancelled votes.

“I cannot conclude this exercise and INEC will have to take a decision on this,” she stated.

Adamawa

The Adamawa the state returning officer of INEC, Andrew Haruna, a professor, said the governoship election in the state was declared inconclusive because of the margin of votes between the two top candidates which is lesser than total votes voided in about 40 polling units.

The returning officer said there are 40,988 votes that were cancelled in 44 polling units across the state.

“The margin of lead is 32,476; and going by the margin of lead which is backed up by law in the INEC Regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections,” said Mr Haruna.

He cited INEC laws that sanctioned his action.

Before the election was declared inconclusive, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Fintiri, was leading in the Adamawa state governorship election.

Mr Fintiri led the incumbent governor, Jibrila Bindow (APC) with a vote margin of 32, 476 votes.

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Mr Fintiri polled 367, 471 votes in the inconclusive election, while the governor, Mr Bindow polled 334, 995 votes.

The party with the third largest votes was ADC which polled 113, 205 votes.

The returning officer said the total registered voters in Adamawa state was 1,973, 083.

He said a total 894, 481 voters were accredited for the election.

Plateau

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship election in Plateau State as inconclusive.

All Progressives Congress candidate, Simon Lalong, led with 583,255 votes in 11 local governments, while the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Jeremiah Useni, got 538,326.

Given the 44,929 margin of 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, stated that the election was inconclusive.

The total number of registered voters was put at 2,480,455, while accredited voters was 1,147,025.

The total number of valid votes was 1,138,987 with 16,691 rejected votes, resulting in 1,154,678 total votes cast.

Bauchi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared as “inconclusive”, outcome of the governorship election in Bauchi State.

Prof. Mohammed Kyari, Returning Officer, who made the declaration, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area because of irregularities, the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate.

Kyari had given the scores of incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar of APC as 465,453 votes and that of Bala Mohammed of PDP as 469,512 votes.

“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.

“By law, since the margin of winner is less than the total number of votes cancelled and registered voters in the areas where the votes have been cancelled, this elections is hereby declared inconclusive,” he said.

He said his decision was in line with section 26, part 53 of the Electoral Act

Kyari said that the Independent National Electoral Commission would conduct re- run election within 21 days in the affected Local Government area and polling unit which results had been cancelled before the final announcement of the winner.


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