The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship election in Sokoto State inconclusive.
The commission based its decision on the huge number of cancelled votes.
INEC’s Returning Officer for the state, Professor Fatima Batulu Muktar, who put the total number of accredited voters at 1,033,081, said the number of valid votes were 987, 942, rejected votes 30,082 while the total vote cast was 1,019,024.
Prof. Muktar, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Dutse, said the margin in contrast with the numbers of votes cancelled, forced the electoral body to declare the election inconclusive.
“Due to cancellation in 22 local government areas across 136 polling units with a total number of 75,403 cancelled votes, I cannot conclude this exercise and INEC will have to take a decision on this,” she stated.
According to reports, Governor Tambuwal, with a total vote of 489,558 was ahead of his arch-challenger, Aliyu Ahmed, who polled 486,145 votes, with a margin of 3,413 votes before the election was declared inconclusive.