By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Bauchi governorship elections conducted at the weekend has been declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer for the elections in the state, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, the Vice-Chancellor of Modibbo University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State.
The inconclusiveness of the election results is attributable to the fact that the margin between the two leading candidates was less than the number of cancelled votes in elections in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.
“The margin of lead between People’s Democratic Party (PDP with 469, 512 votes and the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 465, 453 votes is 4, 059 votes”, the returning officer stated.
Prof. Kyari Mohammed explained that the number of cancelled votes even without the results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area is 45, 312.
He also submitted, “The number of registered voters in the affected polling units of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area is 139, 240.
“Therefore, and in line with section 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act, and because the margin of lead is not in access of the total number of registered voters, I declare this election inconclusive”
Results collated and announced by the returning officer, Prof Kyari Mohammed indicated that the gubernatorial candidate of the opposition of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed polled 469, 512 votes.
His APC counterpart candidate in the elections, who is also the incumbent Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abukakar scored 465, 453, with a margin of 4, 059 votes.
Prof Kyari Mohammed directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize a supplementary election within 21 days as stipulated by the law.