By Acheme Jack, Na’ankwat Dariem, Kano.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Kano state, North Western Nigeria as inconclusive.
Professor Bibi Shehu of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi who is also the Collation Officer for the Governorship election in the state, announced this by 10 pm local time on Monday, shortly after the compilation of the election results from the 44 Local Government Areas in the state.
He said the declaration was according to the guidelines of INEC.
“The declaration of the election as inconclusive is according to the section 26 of the INEC act that said if the number of cancelation of votes cast is beyond the margin between the winner and the looser, the election should be declared inconclusive, “ stressed Professor Bibi.
“The winner of the election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated the APC candidate with 26,000 votes, while the votes cancelled is 128,572 votes,” he explained.
Shehu said that the PDP candidate scored 1,014,474, leading the APC candidate who scored 987,819 votes, adding that 2,155,128 was recorded as Valid and 49,761 votes were rejected.
The Collation Officer said that the total registered voters in the state is 5,249, 989, while the total accredited votes was 2,211,528 and the total votes cast were 2,184,889 votes.
The PDP agent, who is also the Chairman of the party, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman-Bichi warned that such result should not repeat itself in the supplementary election.
Also, the co-agent, Aliyu Sani-Madakingini said that INEC was encouraging thuggery in “this type of situation by also encouraging politicians create unnecessary chaos to favour their ambitions.”
He therefore called for those apprehended on the ugly incident related to the Nassarawa LGA result to be “promptly prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.
The final collation was delayed by the result from Nassarawa LGA which took more than 19 hours to be collated with the associated crisis that led to the arrest and detention of the state commissioner for local government Murtala Sule Garo.