The governorship elections held in Sokoto, Plateau and Bauchi states on Saturday have been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following razor thin margins that were less than the number of cancelled votes.
Sokoto: The returning officer, Fatima Mukhtar, declared on Monday morning that the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal polled 489,558 votes while Aliyu Ahmad of the All Progressives Congree APC polled 486,145; a margin of just 3, 413 votes. The number of cancelled votes exceeded the margin between both parties, hence the need for a supplementary election in about 136 polling units across 22 LGAs with accredited voters of 75,403.
Bauchi: A supplementary election will also be held in Bauchi where the cancelled votes of 45,312 votes, excluding Tafawa Balewa LGA is more than the 4059 margin of lead between the PDP candidate, Bala Mohammed and the APC incumbent governor, Abubakar. While Gov. Abubakar polled 465,453 votes, his PDP counterpart polled 469,512 votes.
Plateau: In Plateau, the state returning electoral officer, Richard Kimbir, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) polled 583,255 while his opponent, Jeremiah Useni, polled 538,326. The margin between the both of them is 44, 929, while the cancelled votes amounted to 49, 377. He disclosed that INEC would have to conduct a fresh election in 14 local government areas out of the 17 in the state.
These are Jos East, Jos North, Jos South, Kanam, Langtang North, Langtang South, Mangu, Panshin, Kanke, Mikang, Quanpan, Riyom, Shendam, and Wase.
He also said the reasons why the results in some polling units were cancelled were due to overvoting, manual voting, and violence.
Bottom Line: The 2019 governorship election has been fiercely contested across the country with ruling parties losing in several states. In Kano, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has lost his bid for reelection, losing to the PDP’s Abba Kabir. The APC which is the ruling party in Oyo also lost the state, while the PDP lost both Gombe and Kwara states. The PDP is leading in Adamawa where the incumbent governor, Bindow, stands the risk of losing reelection. The PDP is also leading in Imo, where the state governor Rochas Okorocha of the APC will be concluding his second term.