Adamawa governorship supplementary election to hold in 14 LGAs

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, disclosed that governorship supplementary election would be conducted in 14 Local government areas of Adamawa State.

The poll is scheduled to hold on March 23.

Aside Adamawa, returning officers in Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau, Rivers and Sokoto States also declared elections in the listed states as inconclusive.

Mr Kasim Gaidam, the Adamawa State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner revealed that the poll would be held in 29 Wards and 44 Polling Units.

The electoral body had earlier canceled over 40,000 votes in the 3rd March governorship election.

In the nullified poll, Prof. Andrew Haruna, the State INEC Returning Officer, said the candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Fintiri scored 367,472 votes, while the incumbent governor, Muhammad Bindow, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had 334,995 as his total votes.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola, “The Commission had prepared for the supplementary governorship election in the state. The election is going to be conducted in 14 LGAs, 29 wards and 44 polling units spread across the state.”

The margin between them was 32,477 votes.

Some of the LGAs listed by Gaidam are Yola South, Fufore, Ganye, Girei, Guyuk, and Hong.






     

     

    Other are Lamurde, Numan, Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Shelleng, Song and Toungo local government areas.

    However, Gaidam, highlighted that the election was declared inconclusive based only on official registered voters, not Permanent Voters Cards collected or accredited voters.

    “Other figures being circulated should be disregarded as the only report released by the Returning Officer should be considered,” he said.

    The 2019 presidential and governorship elections were reportedly marred by irregularities that raises questions about its credibility.

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