CONTROVERSY OVER INCONCLUSIVE POLLS IN OPPOSITION STRONGHOLDS

Written by on March 12, 2019

In recent reports, Several thousands of people yesterday protested against the suspension of governorship elections in Nigeria’s volatile Rivers state following widespread disruption to the vote.

The All Progressives Congress and African Action Congress marched with civil society groups in the state capital, Port Harcourt, calling for results to be announced.

In Adamawa State, where the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, hails from, the gubernatorial election was yesterday declared inconclusive, despite the fact that the PDP candidate, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, was beating Governor Mohammed Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 32,476 votes before the decision was taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The INEC’s returning officer for the state and Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State, Andrew Haruna, who made the declaration at the INEC office in Yola yesterday morning, said that his decision was based on the fact that the margin of lead between the two leading candidates was less than the total number of registered votes in areas where the election was either cancelled or did not take place at all.

 


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