The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship election held on Saturday in Kebbi State inconclusive.
The electoral body made the declaration on Monday morning after the collation of the results of the election in Birnin Kebbi.
The election was keenly contested by the two dominant political parties in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Collation and Returning Officer of the election, Prof. Yusuf Sa’idu of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, announced the position at the collation centre situated at INEC headquarters in Birnin Kebbi, adding that there were cancellations in 20 of the 21 local government areas of the state cutting across a number of Registration Areas in different polling units.
Sa’idu said: “We aggregated the total number of collected PVCs in those polling units and it came to a total of 91,829.
“And when we checked the results, the two leading political parties in this contest, APC and PDP polled 388,258 and 342,980 votes respectively. When we look at the difference, it stands at 45,278.”
Sa’adu further noted that they had no option but to refer to the electoral laws on page 31 of the Electoral Act 2022, section 51 sub-sections two and three for guidance.
According to him, the law read: “Where the number of votes cast in an election in any polling unit exceeds the number of accredited voters in that polling unit, the presiding officer shall cancel the result of the election in that polling unit.
“Sub-section three of section 51 also states that where the result of an election is cancelled in accordance with subsection two, there shall be no return for the election until another poll has taken place in the affected polling unit.
“By virtue of these provisions and the powers vested in me as the collation and returning officer of 2023 gubernatorial election in Kebbi State, I, Prof. Yusuf Sa’idu of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, hereby declare the governorship election in Kebbi State inconclusive.”