The intrigue linked with the outcome of Taraba governorship election persists, as the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the April 11 polls in the state inconclusive.
Professor Muhammad Kariey, INEC returning officer for the election, said there has to be a supplementary election because the total number of votes rejected and cancelled were more than the total vote with which PDP's Darius Ishaku led the runner-up Aisha Al-Hassan of the APC. In figures, the PDP polled 317,198 votes, while the APC received 262,386.
Another round of voting should be conducted within 30 days.
The official was quoted as saying by Premium Times:
"The difference between the PDP and APC is 63,817, while the rejected votes from some troubled areas are over 100, 000 votes."
Based on the reports, the elections in Donga Wukari and Zing LGs were cancelled over the alleged irregularities.
The outcome of Taraba election is among the most expected in Nigeria, as because one of the leading candidates is a woman who might become the first female governor in the history of the country.
Analysts had predicted that the competition between Ishaku and Al-Hassan would be close, following the results of the presidential election in Taraba. Some used to say that the APC candidate’s gender could work against her.