Critical Times News : INEC declares Adamawa, Sokoto, Plateau governorship elections inconclusive

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INEC declares Adamawa, Sokoto, Plateau governorship elections inconclusive

The governorship election in Adamawa, Sokoto and Plateau States has been declared inconclusive.

This verdict 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.

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 State’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Muktar, has declared the Sokoto state governorship election inconclusive because 75, 403 votes were cancelled, which were higher than 3, 413 margin difference.

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.

In Plateau 

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.

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