- It’s anti-democratic forces are at work, says Atiku
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship election in Kano State, inconclusive.
Professor Belo Shehu the INEC Returning officer for the state, declared the election inconclusive, saying that the margin of lead between the two leading parties (Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC) was not enough to declare a winner.
Prof. Shehu in announcing the number of votes polled said that the PDP’s candidate, Mr. Abba Yusuf polled 1,014,474 votes while Abdullahi Ganduje of the APC polled 987,819 votes.
The returning officer noted that the difference of 26,655 votes recorded was not enough to hand Abba Yusuf the victory.
He stressed that the cancellation recorded during the exercise which is a total of 128,572, across 22 Local Government Areas was higher than the margin of lead between the top contenders, hence the reason for arriving at an inconclusive verdict.
The returning officer said based on the provisions of the law, he has to declare the election inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes is much higher than the difference between the two major candidates.
Likewise, INEC has also declared the Benue Governorship election, inconclusive. Announcing the verdict on Monday in Makurdi, the INEC Returning Officer for the state, Prof Sabastine Maimako, said the “margin of lead is below that of cancelled votes, therefore, the election is hereby declared inconclusive.”
He put the total number of cancelled votes at 121,019 while the margin of lead between Ortom and Jime stood at 81,554 votes.
Maimako said Samuel Ortom of PDP polled a total of 410,576 votes while his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime of the APC polled 329,022 votes.
Thus Kano and Benue have joined a growing list of states where elections have been declared inconclusive. The list includes Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi and Sokoto states.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, says anti-democratic forces are at work.
He, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to act in defence of democracy.
Taking to his verified Twitter handle @atiku, Atiku had tweeted:
Anti-democratic forces are at work. My counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission is as follows:
Conclude on the side of democracy.
Conclude on the side of the people.
Conclude on the side of the constitution.
Conclude on the side of Nigeria. -AA.