Kano, March 13, 2019 A Kano-based Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), Arewa Social Contract Initiative, has commended the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II for his efforts at dousing the tension generated by the declaration of the state Governorship Election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Chairman of the group, Alhaji Sani Darma, made the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.
Darma said that the monarch’s quick intervention by calling on the residents of the state to embrace peace had saved the ancient city from unimaginable political crisis.
“Kano is cosmopolitan in nature which is accommodating people of diverse ethnic and religious affiliations.
“The appeal made by the Emir to the people of the state to respect INEC’s declaration of the governorship election as inconclusive has reduced the tension in the state,” he said.
According to him, the people of Kano State and Nigeria are fully convinced that the election was conducted on the basis of fairness and credibility.
He said the essence of signing the recent Peace Accord between parties that contested the governorship election was meant to foster peace, harmony and tranquility.
The chairman said any breach of peace as a result of the failure to announce a genuine winner, would have a negative effects on the state and its citizens and the entire northern part of the country.
He, therefore,called on the monarch to continue to offer his fatherly advice to political actors and other stakeholders for peace to continue to reign and save the state from being plunged into serious political crisis.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Emir had on Tuesday at a news conference urged the people of the state to embrace peace following the tension caused by the declaration of the governorship election inconclusive by INEC.
FAAC meeting ends inconclusively
The monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting on Wednesday ended inconclusively.
The Director of Information, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Hassan Dodo, anounced this after the meeting in Abuja.
He said “gentlemen of the press, there is no going to be usual briefing today because the meeting is inconclusive”
The director did not give any reason for not concluding the FAAC monthly meeting.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the FAAC meeting which was well attended by members lasted for several hours.
Financial experts had predicted a low revenue for February and March owing to the outbreak of coronavirus which had affected oil prices across the globe.
The international benchmark Brent crude traded at 26.01 dollars on Wednesday and fell to its lowest level since September 26, 2003.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Poll: INEC declares Nasarawa Eggon East constituency inconclusive
Poll: INEC declares Nasarawa Eggon East constituency inconclusive
Nasarawa Eggon (Nasarawa state), March 10, 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Nasarawa Eggon East constituency election inconclusive.
Dr George Agenyi, the returning officer for Nasarawa Eggon East constituency in the State House of Assembly, made the declaration on Sunday in Nasarawa Eggon.
Agenyi said the total of number of votes cancelled in the constituency election held on Saturday were more than the winning margin, hence the election was inconclusive.
He listed the polling units where the election were cancelled as follows: Agbunji 004 and Gbagi Tundu polling unit where 251 votes were cancelled; Wakama GGC Gula polling unit where 1,228 votes were cancelled.
Others are: Nasarawa Eggon 011 in Angwan Nungu where 949 votes were cancelled and Ume polling units where 545 votes were cancelled, bringing the total number of votes cancelled to 2,973 votes.
According to the results announced by the returning officer, Mohammed Muluku of APC scored 11,076 votes, Ibrahim Kasimu of APGA scored 8,900 votes, Kudu Jacob of ADC scored 8,678 votes, while Francis Ewuga of PDP pulled 6,241 votes.
“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in the four polling units.
NEC declares Kwali Area Council election inconclusive
INEC declares Kwali Area Council election inconclusive
Kwali (FCT), March 10, 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Kwali Area Council Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in the Federal Capital Territory inconclusive.
The INEC returning officer for the council, Mr Emmanuel Christopher, told newsmen that the election was declared inconclusive due to over-voting at unit 005 Sheda voting centre.
He further said that Tuesday, March 12, had been fixed for the re-rerun election at the affected voting centre.
However, the returning officer had earlier announced that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won elections at the Pilot Primary School polling unit at Kwali Central electoral ward.
He said APC scored 538, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 444, while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 174.
INEC declares Bauchi Goversnohip election inconclusive
INEC declares Bauchi Goversnohip election inconclusive
Bauchi, March, 11, 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared as “inconclusive”, outcome of the governorship election in Bauchi state.
Prof. Mohammed Kyari, Returning Officer who made the declaration, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area because of irregularities, the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate.
“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.
He said his decision was in line with section 26 part 53 of the Electoral Act.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while announcing the votes garnered by the two contending parties before declaring the outcome inconclusive, the Returnig Officer had given the scores of incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar of APC as 465,453 votes and that of Bala Mohammed of PDP as 469,512 votes.
Kyari said that the Independent National Electoral Commission would conduct re- run election within 21 days in the affected Local Government area and polling unit which results had been cancelled before the final announcement of the winner.
NNN reports that earlier in the day, the INEC Collation Officer in charge of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, Mrs Dominion Anosike, had told the Returning Officer that the original result sheet was snatched by some thugs.
She said the thugs later came back with an improvised result sheet and forced her to declare its content as being the outcome of the election in the local government area.
2019: Sokoto Governorship election inconclusive – INEC
2019: Sokoto Governorship election inconclusive _INEC
Sokoto, March 10, 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared March 9 Governorship election in Sokoto state inconclusive.
It said the decision was because 75, 403 votes were cancelled which were higher than 3, 413 margin difference.
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.
” From the forgoing, the election is declared inconclusive as I cannot take a decision in recognition of the narrow margin according to electoral law” Muktar said.
She 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.
According to the results declared,
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won the election in 12 out of the 23 LGAs results announced with 3,413 votes margins.
NNN reports that Tambuwal polled 489, 558 votes while his close rival, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 486, 145 votes.
According to her, the PDP has the higher votes in 12 LGAs while APC has 11 LGAs with a margin of 3, 413 votes difference between them.
She said the figure of cancelled votes was 75, 403 at different polling units across the state due to various reasons.
She further explained that other parties shared the remaining percentage of votes cast.
Results are as follows;
APC 12, 022
PDP 14, 901
APC 16, 762
PDP 23, 911
APC 29, 081
PDP 42, 830
APC 36, 779
PDP 40, 059
APC 31, 234
PDP 33, 395
APC 20, 876
PDP 19, 915
APC 25, 433
PDP 20, 262
APC 34, 834
PDP 26, 171
APC 23, 338
PDP 22, 783
APC 35, 030
PDP 31, 230
APC 11, 820
PDP 9, 751
APC 24, 741
PDP 21, 703
APC 19, 414
PDP 17, 959
APC 25, 908
PDP 20, 370
INEC releases results of 16 constituencies in Bayelsa, declares one inconclusive
Yenagoa, March 11, 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the results of 16 constituencies and declared one inconclusive in the Bayelsa Assembly poll held on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bayelsa has 24 seats in the assembly, and only 16 have so far been declared.
Mr Wilfred Ifogah, INEC Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity in the state, who announced this in Yenagoa on Monday, said there were hitches in Brass Constituency 1, where the election was declared inconclusive.
Ifogah said that out of the 24 seats in the state assembly, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won in 12 while the All Progressive Congress (APC) secured four seats.
“The Brass Constituency 1, is inconclusive and a new date will be fixed when plans are concluded.
“Results of seven constituencies including Ogbia I, II and III as well as Southern Ijaw constituencies I, II, III and IV, are still being awaited by the commission,’’ he said.
APC won in Brass II, polling 10,958 votes to defeat PDP that got 6,833 while in Nembe II, APC got 8,167 votes to defeat PDP that polled 401 votes.
Also in Nembe III, APC polled 10,906 votes as against 302 votes recorded by PDP and in Ekeremor II, APC also polled 17,428 to defeat PDP that got 11,184 votes.
The PDP polled 6,551 to defeat APC that got 2,142 in Brass Constituency III while In Nembe 1, PDP also polled 14,941 to defeat APC that polled 1,675 votes.
In Yenagoa I, PDP polled 26,012 to defeat APC that got 1,976 votes while in Yenagoa II ,PDP got 6,345 while APC scored 2,998 votes.
PDP also won in Yenagoa 111 with 3,674 as against APC’s 974 votes and in Ekeremor I, PDP polled 7,239 to defeat APC that garnered 3,945 votes.
Visualisation of states with inconclusive governorship elections
Abuja, March 11, 2019 Outcomes of the March 9 governorship elections in some states were declared inconclusive due to reasons ranging from widespread violence to margin differences.
For Sokoto, 75, 403 votes were cancelled which were higher than 3, 413 margin difference.
In Plateau, the total number of votes cancelled was more than the difference in the number of votes of the two major candidates.
Bauchi state’s election was declared inconclusive because the margin between the winner and opponent was less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.
In Adamawa, the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two contestants and a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.
However, in Rivers, the entire electoral process was suspended until further notice due to widespread violence and disruptions that characterised the state’s elections.
PDP rejects inconclusive declaration of Bauchi guber poll by INEC
PDP rejects inconclusive declaration of Bauchi guber poll by INEC
Bauchi, March 11, 2019 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State has rejected the inconclusive declaration of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
The PDP Chairman in the state, Alhaji Hamza Koshi, made the party’s position known while addressing newsmen on Monday in Bauchi.
Koshi demanded that results from the 11 wards as computed in FORM EC 8B and announced at local government collation centers be accepted as part of final results in the state.
“We further demand that the REC and Commissioner of police be redeployed from Bauchi.
“The 11 wards in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area had computed results from the polling units within their jurisdiction without complaints and the collation center in Zwall accepted the ward results without any problem.
“Furthermore, each ward returning officer submitted the result sheet to the local government returning officer after presenting the result.
“Therefore, to cancel the result of this local government on grounds of using wrong result sheet by the Returning Officer amounts to disenfranchising the people,” he said.
Koshi reassured the public that the party would not relent in its efforts towards reclaiming its mandate.
He called on the general public and supporters to remain calm and conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.
INEC declares Benue governorship polls inconclusive
Makurdi, March 11, 2019 The National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Benue Governorship election held on Saturday March 9 inconclusive.
Announcing the verdict on Monday in Makurdi, the INEC Returning Officer for the state, Prof Sabastine Maimako, said the “margin of lead is below that of cancelled votes, therefore, the election is hereby declared inconclusive”.
He put the total number of cancelled votes at 121,019 while the margin of lead between Ortom and Jime stood at 81,554 votes.
Maimako said Ortom polled a total of 410,576 votes while his closest rival, Mr Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 329,022 votes.
The Advanced Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) polled 3,489 votes , PRP had 26,659 votes.
Reacting to the INEC decision, Mr Alex Adum, the State Returning Officer for PDP, rejected the verdict, saying the electoral body ought to have declared Ortom the outright winner of the polls, having polled 81, 554 votes ahead of his closest rival.
He said the destruction of electoral materials at Mbalom council ward was not the fault of his candidate.
He also said the other anomalies recorded, especially that of a missing result sheet from Konshisha Local Government Area, was not tenable because it ought to have obtained a duplicate copy from their headquarters.
Reacting to Adum’s comments, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, said “once the results are declared only the courts can reverse them”.
The breakdown of the results, however, showed that Ortom won in 13 Local Government Areas of the state while Jime won in 10 government areas.
The local government areas where Ortom won were: Gboko, Guma, Ukum,,Logo, Vandeikya, Agatu, Kwande, Buruku, Konshisha, Ado and Ushongo, Gwer West and Gwer East.
Those won by Jime were: Makurdi, Tarka, Ado, Otukpo, Katsina Ala, Apa, Ohimini, Ogbadibo, Okpokwu and Obi.
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