Plateau, Bauchi, Adamawa and Sokoto Governorship Election Declared Inconclusive As PDP Leads
Plateau, Bauchi and Sokoto governorship election were declared inconclusive, based on the margin the leading candidates are winning the election with.
Mohammed Kyari, the returning officer of governor election in Bauchi, declared the governorship election in Bauchi State inconclusive. He explained early Monday morning at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office where the results from the 20 local governments of the state were being collated, that the margin of 4,059 votes between the two leading parties was less than 45,312, which was the number of cancelled votes after results from 19 local government were collated.
Fatima Mukhtar, the INEC returning officer for Sokoto State also declared the governorship election in the state inconclusive. Announcing the result of the election around 2:55 Monday morning, Fatima Mukhtar, the INEC returning officer, said the number of valid votes were 987, 942, rejected votes was given as 30,082 while the total vote cast was given 1, 019,024.
Mrs Mukhtar, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse, said the number of registered voters was 1,887, 767 while the number of accredited voters was 1, 033,081. The result showed that the Sokoto state governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Aminu Tambuwal, polled 489,558 votes while Aliyu Ahmad of the All Progressives Congree APC polled 486,145; the PPA polled 1,353 votes. The margin of win between the two leading parties, APC and PDP, was given as 3, 413. The commission said there were cancellations in 22 LGAs and 136 polling units with accredited voters of 75, 403.
The Independent National Electoral Commission also declared the governorship election in Plateau State as inconclusive. The 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.