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Two governors in need of a miracle met with VP Osinbajo today

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Two governors in need of a miracle met with VP Osinbajo today

There are seven state governors currently under immense pressure, unsure about whether they would get a second term or not. Mohammadu Abubakar of Bauchi, Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Simon Lalong of Plateau,  Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Samuel Ortom of Benue, all of whom had their elections declared as inconclusive, with a supplementary one scheduled for March 23rd, and Nyesom Wike of Rivers, whose election is on hold after INEC suspended all electoral activities in the state following the violence recorded.

The first two governors met separately with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the State House. Neither Jibrilla nor Abubakar informed waiting reporters on the reasons for their visit, but it is believed to be in relation to the inconclusive polls in their states. The difficult thing for the men is that they are both trailing in the results announced so far.

How things stand: In the case of Bauchi, the margin of lead between Abubakar and PDP candidate, Bala Mohammed is just 4059 (465,453 votes vs. 469,512 votes). However, a newspaper is reporting that once the results for Tafawa Balewa LGA is released by INEC, it would become mathematically impossible for Gov. Abubakar to win even if a supplementary election is conducted. It is a similar uphill battle for Gov. Bindow in Adamawa. He is currently trailing by 32,476 votes. He has 334,995 votes, compared to the PDP candidate, Ahmed Umar Fintiri, who has 367,471 votes. However, the cancelled votes amount to just 40,988, so the governor would have to score a huge majority of the remaining votes on offer to be declared winner.

The PDP is also leading in Sokoto, Benue and Kano, while the APC incumbent leads in Plateau.

Bottom Line: March 23rd cannot come soon enough for the two men. No matter the meeting they are holding with the presidency, it would take a miracle to carry them over the finish line. But miracles have been known to happen in these elections.

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