The winners of the Governorship Election in Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa and Plateau states will not be announced or concluded unless an election rerun is conducted.
The election was declared inconclusive by INEC because four states the lead margin was lower than the total number of votes cancelled in certain areas.
In Sokoto, the incumbent governor, Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled a total of 489,558 votes, only 3,413 more votes than second-placed Aliyu Ahmed of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 486,145 votes.
The lead margin was lower than the 75,403 votes cancelled in 136 polling units in 22 local government areas of the state. This led the state’s returning officer, Professor Fatima Batulu Muktar, to declare it inconclusive.
“I cannot conclude this exercise and INEC will have to take a decision on this,” she said early on Monday, March 11.
Also in Bauchi where the PDP’s Sen. Bala Mohammed polled 469,512 votes while his closest rival and incumbent governor, APC’s Mohammed Abubakar, polled 465,453 votes to finish in second place.
With only the result of 19 out of 20 local government areas accepted, the lead margin, at 4,059 votes, was lower than the 45,312 votes that were previously cancelled by INEC, excluding the result of Tafawa Balewa LGA which was also cancelled entirely.
“Therefore, based on Section 26 Part 53 of the Electoral Act, I hereby declare this result inconclusive,” the state’s returning officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, also announced on Monday.
The result of the Plateau State governorship election was similarly declared inconclusive with Simon Lalong of the APC polling a total of 583,255 votes while Jerry Useni of the PDP polled 538,326 votes and also in Adamawa State, with 367,471 votes, Umaru Fintiri of the PDP is in the lead over the incumbent governor, Jibrilla Bindow, of the APC, who polled 334,995 votes, but the margin of 32,467 votes was lower than the 40,948 votes cancelled in 44 polling units.
Supplementary elections will take place only in the polling units where elections were cancelled. The elections will take place within 21 days of the initial polls as demand by the law.