Residents of Plateau State North Central Nigeria are reacting to the news of the declaration of the gubernatorial elections as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Professor Richard Kimbi after the declaration said the difference in the number of votes between the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was 44,939 and the total number of cancelled votes was 49,377 which he cited as the reason for declaring the election as inconclusive.
Professor Kimbir says in the light of the aforementioned, the two leading candidates, incumbent Governor Simon Lalong of the APC and Jeremiah Useni of the PDP have not met the constitutional requirements enshrined in Section 179 (2 – 5 ) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Kimbir said the margin in the number of votes cancelled were in excess compared to the number of the winning votes of the leading Candidate.
Reacting to the news, businessman Mr Agada Ameh said:“it is not the best, election went on peacefully but I don’t know where Nigeria is going to, but whatever they want to do, let them do and let us have peace.”
A Banker, Christiana Yusuf while expressing disappointment on the development said it was envisaged and said it was the reason why she and many others did not go out to vote.
She affirmed her determination and love for the Country, just like a lot of patriotic Nigerians being interviewed. They jointly decided to remain in Nigeria to for a better future.
For an undergraduate of the University Jos Oge Nwobodo the news is out-rightly ‘terrible‘.
Mr. Timothy Gyang while venting his frustration, wondered why an election which was peacefully conducted could be declared inconclusive saying INEC must have a justification for the decision.
A Public Servant, Mr. Chuang Yiltok said he was in a state of total disbelief because the declaration was totally unexpected and prayed for the best.
Many other respondents who spoke to Voice of Nigeria were totally ignorant and oblivious of the breaking political announcement.
However, the returning officer, Professor Kimbir directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to set a new date for a supplementary elections within twenty one days and during this period, the watchword remains Peace in Plateau State.