The governorship election in Adamawa State held on March 18 has been deemed invalid by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Senator Aishatu Dahiru, a.k.a. Binani, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state, received 390,275 votes, while incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, received 421,524.
However, due to the margin of votes, INEC state collation officer Prof. Muhammadu Mele of the University of Maiduguri pronounced the election inconclusive.
“Elections were not held in 47 wards, which affected 69 polling places,” he declared. We now have a margin of 31,249 thanks to this. A total of 37,016 PVCs were gathered in locations where elections were not held.
Twenty governorship polls have had results released thus far. With 14 states, the APC leads the pack, followed by the PDP with five and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) with one. The electoral body similarly pronounced the Kebbi election to be inconclusive, and the collation of the results of the governorship elections in Abia and Enugu was put on hold.
In West Africa’s Nigeria, nine of the 11 governors who ran for reelection in the March 18 elections have officially been declared successful and will serve another four years in office.
Governors Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State are among them.
Among the 28 states, 11 of the current governors ran for reelection, and 17 of the outgoing governors are nearing the end of their constitutionally mandated two terms of eight years after taking office on May 29, 2015.