- Bauchi state governorship election has been declared inconclusive by INEC
- INEC said the margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units
- The commission had earlier cancelled results from different parts of the state
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared as “inconclusive”, outcome of the governorship election held in Bauchi state.
Prof. Mohammed Kyari, Returning Officer, who made the declaration, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa local government area because of irregularities, the outcome of the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate.
“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.
“By law, since the margin of winner is less than the total number of votes cancelled and registered voters in the areas where the votes have been cancelled, this elections is hereby declared inconclusive," he said.
He said his decision to declare the outcome inconclusive was in line with section 26 part 53 of the Electoral Act.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that while announcing the votes garnered by the two contending parties before declaring the outcome inconclusive, the Returning Officer had given the scores of incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar of the APC as 465,453 votes and that of Bala Mohammed of PDP as 469,512 votes.
Kyari said that the Independent National Electoral Commission is to conduct re- run election within 21 days in the affected local government area and polling unit which results had been cancelled before the final announcement of the winner.
NAN correspondent covering the collation of the results of the governorship election reports that earlier in the day, the INEC collation officer in charge of Tafawa Balewa local government area, Dominion Anosike, had told the Returning Officer that the original result sheet was snatched by some thugs.
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She said the thugs later came back with an improvised result sheet and forced her to declare its content as being the outcome of the election in the local government area.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the opposition PDP won the polling unit of Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at Makama Sarkin Baki.
Results declared at the polling booth showed that the PDP won with a resounding 358 votes to the APC's 288 votes in the governorship election.
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