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APC accepts INEC’s declaration of an inconclusive election in Sokoto

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By Ismail Umar, Sokoto

The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last Saturday election in Sokoto state, Mr Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, has accepted the verdict of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which declared the election inconclusive.

Mr Aliyu said as a law abiding citizens they have accepted the verdict, despite the fact that it affected them the most.

He said that the polling units affected were APC strongholds like Gada, Kebbe and Goronyo where they won with larger merging.

Before the declaration of the result, our peoples were jubilating because we knew we were winning the election based on the record we have,” Mr Aliyu said.

The APC Candidate also stated that the National House of Assembly election for Bodinga-Dange Shuni-Tureta federal constituency which APC candidate was leading with over 3000 votes but was declared inconclusive by INEC as the number of votes canceled was close to 4000.

According to him, in Plateau state, the incumbent Governor was leading with over 40,000 votes, but yet it was declared inconclusive due to the large number of cancellations.

He alleged that their supporters were harrased, intimidated and attacked by fake security agencies recruited by the ruling opposition party the PDP.

He further alleged that the party (PDP) induced voters with money during the election.

Decision was lawful

The gubernatorial candidate called on all supporters of his party to suspend any jubilation before announcing the result, but to mobilise for more support in the affected polling units for the landslide victory of the party.

Reacting to the call by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the state for INEC to reconsider its decision which he said was unconstitutional, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sadiq Musa, said the decision was lawful and in line with the election guidelines.

Mr Musa who quoted some of the guidelines, explained that election was declared inconclusive for reasons which include cancellation of votes that was much higher than the winning merging, violence or wilful destruction of voting materials beyond remedy.

“Elections in the 136 polling units were cancelled because there were violence, wilful destruction of voting materials and manhandling of our staff and the number of votes cancelled are much higher than the winning merging. It can significantly change the result,” he said.

 

He adds that INEC is empowered by the constitution to provide guidelines for elections which includes procedure for declaring an election inconclusive.

Lateefah Ibrahim
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