The governorship election in Kebbi State has on Monday been declared “inconclusive” by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The poll was closely contested by the two top political parties, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.
Prof. Yusuf Sa’idu of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, the Collation and Returning Officer of the election, announced the position at the collation centre located at the INEC headquarters in Birnin Kebbi.
According to Sa’idu, there were cancellations in 20 of the 21 local government areas of Kebbi State cutting across a number of Registration Areas in different polling units.
He said: “We aggregated the total number of collected PVCs in those polling units and it came to a total of 91,829.
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“And when we checked the results, the two leading political parties in this contest, APC and PDP polled 388,258 and 342,980 votes respectively. When we look at the difference, it stands at 45,278.”
He said that they would comply with the provisions of the electoral laws on page 31 of the Electoral Act 2022, section 51 sub-sections two and three for guidance.
According to him, the law read, “Where the number of votes cast in an election in any polling unit exceeds the number of accredited voters in that polling unit, the presiding officer shall cancel the result of the election in that polling unit.
“Sub-section three of section 51 also states that where the result of an election is cancelled in accordance with subsection two, there shall be no return for the election until another poll has taken place in the affected polling unit.
“By virtue of these provisions and the powers vested in me as the collation and returning officer of 2023 gubernatorial election in Kebbi State, I, Prof. Yusuf Sa’idu of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, hereby declare the governorship election in Kebbi State inconclusive.”
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