JUST IN: INEC declares Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi governorship elections inconclusive

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the last Saturday’s governorship election in Sokoto as inconclusive.

Giving reasons for the declaration, the INEC’s Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Fatima Batul-Mukhtar, said that the cancelled votes are much higher than the winning margin.

According to the final results, the incumbent governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Aminu Tambuwal, polled 489,558 votes while Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, scored 486,145 votes.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the number of votes cancelled from across 136 polling units in 22 local government areas stands as 75,403, which is higher than the winning margin.

Similarly, the Plateau State Collation Officer of INEC, Prof. Richard Anande has declared the gubernatorial election held last Saturday in the state as inconclusive.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the incumbent governor and All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Simon Lalong had polled 583,255 votes as against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate, Jeremiah Useni, who got538,326 votes.

However, according to the INEC returning officer in the state, the total number of cancelled votes was put at 49,377 votes and therefore had exceeded the difference of 44,929.

Mr Anande, therefore, ordered that supplementary elections to be conducted in the affected local government areas in the next 21 days.

Also, the Bauchi state’s INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, has declared the state governorship election as inconclusive, in line with the provision of Section 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

Professor Kyari also informed that the number of cancelled votes has also exceeded the margin between the PDP and the APC which stood at 4,059 votes.

He added that the Commission will conduct a Supplementary election in Tafawa Balewa local government area 21 days as required by law.

The result of Tafawa Balewa was earlier cancelled due to violence, intimidation and other irregularities as revealed by the local government Collation Officer, Mrs Dominion Anosike.

Meanwhile, PDP had 469,512 votes while the APC had 465,453 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says the Adamawa Governorship election is inconclusive and a new date for the rerun election would be announced.

The INEC Returning Officer for Adamawa state, Prof. Andrew Haruna, disclosed that the state’s governorship election is inconclusive and a new date for the rerun election would be announced.

Mr Haruna, who confirmed the development at the governorship election collation centre in Yola on Monday, said the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two contestants and therefore, a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.

Mr Haruna mentioned about 44 polling units affected across the state