Sokoto, Plateau, Taraba governorship elections inconclusive-INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared governorship elections held in Sokoto, Plateau and Taraba States inconclusive.

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, based her decision on the huge numbers of cancelled votes.

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The two leading candidates are Governor Aminu Tambuwal, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , and his erstwhile deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, who ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

She said 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  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.

Also in Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, of APC led with 583,255 votes in 11 local governments, while the PDP candidate, Jeremiah Useni, got 538,326.

Based on 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, speaking at the state INEC headquarters, stated that the election was inconclusive.

Kimbir said, “Going by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I am constrained to say that the election to governorship election is inconclusive. In 21 days, supplementary elections will be conducted.”

Similarly in Adamawa,the Returning Officer.Prof. Andrew Haruna said the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of votes between the two leading contestants and therefore, a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.

*Photo:Tambuwal

 

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