Why INEC declared Kano governorship election inconclusive

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Saturday’s governorship election in Kano State as inconclusive, following stalemate in the fiercely contested polls.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf, won the majority votes after polling 1,020,465 votes, against his closest rival, the incumbent governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who scored 987,459 votes.

Declaring the result inconclusive, the Returning Officer for Kano State, Bello Shehu, said the cancellation became necessary as the total number of cancelled votes had exceeded the margin between the two leading candidates of PDP and APC.

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Mr Shehu, a professor, revealed that 128,572 cancelled votes had exceeded the 33,006 vote margin between the two leading candidates.

Giving reasons for the cancellation, the professor said incidences of over-voting and violence in some polling units dotted across 22 local government areas of the state caused the cancellation.

He revealed that 172 polling units were affected in the cancellation.

Mr Bello, who is the vice chancellor of Kebbi State University, added that 13,122 votes, termed “zero voting” were cancelled for voting without card reader accreditation.

Below are the results as presented by Collation Officers at the state Collation Centre, INEC office in Kano:

BEBEJI LGA

APC – 17,418

PDP – 18, 533

MADOBI LGA

APC – 24,491

PDP – 24, 309

MAKODA LGA

APC – 22,788

PDP – 9,253

KUNCHI LGA

APC – 16,157

PDP – 13,171

KARAYE LGA

APC – 18,770

PDP – 17, 163

KIBIYA LGA

APC – 15,760

PDP- 17373

ALBASU LGA

APC- 25,358

PDP – 18,401

GARKO LGA

APC – 16,952

PDP – 12,295

BUNKURE LGA

APC – 20,407

PDP – 20,222

RANO LGA

APC – 16,694

PDP – 14,892

DANBATTA LGA

APC – 24,686

PDP – 18,696

BAGWAI LGA

APC- 20,768

PDP- 18,511

TSANYAWA LGA

APC -21,972

PDP -11,501

TOFA LGA

APC – 17,506

PDP – 13,885

GWARZO LGA

APC – 27,015

PDP – 24,773

GABASAWA LGA

APC – 18,215

PDP – 14,679

SHANONO LGA

APC – 20,691

PDP – 14,503

KABO LGA

APC – 27,522

PDP – 16,233

SUMAILA LGA

APC – 23,934

PDP – 16,606

AJINGI LGA

APC – 17,711

PDP – 14,585

GEZAWA LGA

APC – 20,642

PDP – 24,151

BICHI LGA

APC – 31,958

PDP – 27,644

WARAWA LGA

APC – 14,599

PDP – 15,114

KIRU LGA

APC – 28,765

PDP – 27,868

RIMINGADO LGA

APC – 19,453

PDP – 13,777

GWALE LGA

APC – 23,871

PDP – 41,591

WUDIL LGA

APC 18,589

PDP – 18,220

TUDUN WADA LGA

APC – 27,917

PDP – 21,556

DOGUWA LGA

APC – 20,696

PDP – 12,642

DAWAKIN KUDU LGA

APC – 25,657

PDP – 30,901

MINJIBIR LGA

APC – 17,707

PDP – 17,952

GARUN MALAM LGA

APC – 14,765

PDP – 14,446

TARAUNI LGA

APC – 21,734

PDP – 35,314

GAYA LGA

APC- 19,202

PDP – 18,090

ROGO LGA

APC – 23,859

PDP – 27,342

UNGOGO LGA

APC – 26,843

PDP – 42,24

DAWAKIN TOFA LGA

APC- 32,945

PDP- 17,418

KURA LGA 

APC – 22,390

PDP – 24,410

KUMBITSO LGA

APC- 24,751

PDP 40-417

KANO MUNICIPAL

APC –  32,394

PDP –  57,781

TAKAI LGA

APC – 19,070

PDP –  14,119

DALA LGA

APC – 32,530

PDP  – 60,082

FAGGE LGA

APC – 18,370

PDP – 27,344

Nassarawa LGA

PDP – 54,349

APC – 34,297