INEC declares guber elections in Adamawa, Sokoto and Plateau States inconclusive

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The governorship election in Adamawa, Sokoto and Plateau States have been declared inconclusive. The decision is based on some irregularities in the outcome of the elections.

In Adamawa, this decision resulted from the cancellations in some polling units against the slimness of the margin of between the two leading parties.

The Adamawa State Returning Officer for the governorship election, Prof Andrew Haruna, who made the final announcements regarding the election about 3.30 am Monday, asserted that the election was inconclusive based on margin of lead principle.

He said the election would be repeated in the affected polling units at a later date.
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Umaru Fintiri of the PDP had been set to win the poll with 367,471 votes against the 334,995 votes polled by Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of the APC, leading, with a margin of 32,467 votes against 40,948 cancelled votes in 44 polling units.

In Sokoto, the commission said the decision was because 75, 403 votes were cancelled, which were higher than 3, 413 margin difference.

The State’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Muktar, made the declaration on Sunday in Sokoto, stating that 51 Candidates contested the election.

Muktar, who is the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Dutse (FUD) , Jigawa, declared that it was based on the consideration of cancelled votes that emanated from 136 polling units in the state.

“From the forgoing, the election is declared inconclusive as I cannot take a decision in recognition of the narrow margin according to electoral law,” Muktar said.

She added that the total registered voters were 1, 887, 767 while 1, 033, 081 voters were accredited.

She said the total valid votes were 987, 952 and the total rejected votes were 30, 082 while the total votes cast were 1, 018, 024 at the concluded election.

According to the results declared,
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won the election in 12 out of the 23 LGAs results announced with 3,413 votes margins.

NAN reports that Tambuwal polled 489, 558 votes while his close rival, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 486, 145 votes.

According to her, the PDP has the higher votes in 12 LGAs while APC has 11 LGAs with a margin of 3, 413 votes difference between them.

She said the figure of cancelled votes was 75, 403 at different polling units across the state due to various reasons.

She further explained that other parties shared the remaining percentage of votes cast.

In Plateau State, the Returning Officer, Prof. Richard Anande, said the election was declared inconclusive because the difference between the two major contenders, APC and PDP was less than the votes cancelled.

Anande said the incumbent Governor and APC candidate Simon Lalong got 583, 255 votes, while his closest rival and candidate of the main opposition PDP, Senator Jeremiah Useni, got 538, 326 votes.

According to him, because the difference between the two major contenders is 44, 929 is less than the cancelled votes of 49, 347, that’s why a winner cannot be declared.

“This according to section 179 subsection 2, of the 1999 constitution as amended.

He said the aforementioned cancelled votes were in Barkin Ladi (570), Bassa (3000), Bokkos (5, 314), Jos North (4, 152), Kanam (2, 627), Langtang South (5, 501), Mangu (26, 135), Pankshin (1, 144) and Shendam LGAs (851).

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