INEC Declares Kogi Governorship Election Inconclusive

Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, following a keenly contested race between incumbent, Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former governor, Audu Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Emmanuel Kucha, the returning officer for the election, said at the commission’s headquarters in Lokoja that the margin between the two leading candidates is less than the number of the cancelled votes.

Audu polled 240,867 against Wada’s 199, 514 but this is deemed inadequate to secure victory because the number of cancelled votes, 49,953, can swing the election either way.

INEC said it would announce a date for supplementary election to be held in the affected polling units.

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