INEC Declares Kano election inconclusive


The opposition Peoples Democratic Party almost caused a major upset in Kano , the stronghold of the ruling All Progressives Congress when its candidate , Abba Yusuf polled 1 ,014 ,474 to Governor Umar Ganduje’s APC which polled 987 ,819 in a keenly contested election .
Although the APC won in 28 out of the 44 local government areas , the number of votes scored was not enough to counter that of the PDP which won in the remaining 16 decisive local government areas .
The returning officer for the Kano State governorship election , Prof . B.B Shehu while giving a breakdown of the figures said , “The total number of registered voters is 5, 426 , 989 , accredited voters , 2 ,211 ,528 , out of this number , the ruling APC scored 987 ,819 , while the main opposition PDP scored 1 ,014 ,474 .
“The margin of victory is 26 ,655 , this makes it impossible to make a return and declare a winner .”
He referred to provisions of section 22 of the Electoral Act , which he said was clear on what should be done .
Corroborating what the returning officer said , the Kano State INEC REC , Prof . Riskuwa Shehu said , “Section 26 of the Electoral Act stipulates that if the margin of cancelled votes is higher than the margin of victory , you cannot make a return. We will hold re -run elections in areas where votes were cancelled and add it to what we have and a winner will be declared .”
A mild drama played out when the result of the crucial Nasarawa Local Government Area was to be presented . A member of the House of Representatives , Ali Madaki was granted permission to speak and was given.
He said he had information that there was a plan to cancel the result of Gama ward to pave way for the declaration of the governorship election in the state as inconclusive .
However , the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof . Riskuwa Shehu said such information was not at his disposal .
At this point , the agent of the All Progressives Congress , Gen . Idris Bello Danbazzau was recognized to speak , when he stood up , he said , “Those who are making these claims are the criminals ”, no sooner had he said that than PDP agents in the hall shouted him down with some of them asking if the deputy governor was a member of the PDP .
When calm was restored , the INEC local government collation officer in charge of Nasarawa , Prof . Ibrahim Abdulsalam explained what led to the almost day -long delay in the presentation of results from the local government .
He explained that collation officers and observers were attacked by suspected thugs during the collation exercise in the area .
According to him , the attackers stormed the Local Government Collation Centre , in Nasarawa and destroyed electoral materials at the point of collation .
The INEC collation officer in charge of the local government , Prof . Ibrahim Abdulsalam from the Bayero University Kano narrated his ordeal before presenting his collated results at the State Collation Centre at INEC Headquarters.


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