The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the March 9 governorship election held in Sokoto State inconclusive.
The electoral umpire said the decision was because 75, 403 votes were cancelled, which were higher than 3, 413 margin difference between the leading candidate and his closest challenger.
The State’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Muktar, made the declaration on Sunday in Sokoto, stating that 51 Candidates contested the election.
Muktar, who is the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Dutse (FUD) , Jigawa, declared that it was based on the consideration of cancelled votes that emanated from 136 polling units in the state.
“Considering the party with the highest votes which margin is 3,415 above its opponent and is too narrow and far below the cancelled registered voters, I hereby declare the exercise inconclusive.”
According to the state’s Chief Returning Officer, “INEC will decide on the next line of action.”
However, PDP candidate, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal polled 489,558 while his opponent, Ahmed Aliyu of the APC scored 486,145 votes.
Tambuwal got his votes from 12 LGAs while Aliyu Sokoto won 11 LGAs
Muktar added that the total registered voters were 1, 887, 767 while 1, 033, 081 voters were accredited.
She said the total valid votes were 987, 952 and the total rejected votes were 30, 082 while the total votes cast were 1, 018, 024 at the concluded election.