The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday has declared the Adamawa state governorship election as inconclusive.
The state INEC Collation officer, Professor Muhammed Mele, who announced the total results of the governorship election for all the parties that participated, concluded that the margin of win between the leading two parties was lower than the number of collected PVCs in places where the election did not hold.
Making the final announcement at end of collation about 7.30pm Monday, Muhammed Mele indicated, amidst a rowdy crowd of PDP agents and supporters who opposed the declaration, that a repeat election will be held in the affected places.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been set to win the poll after polling a total of 421,524 votes.
This was against the 390,275 votes scored by his closest challenger, Senator Aishatu Binani of APC.
The All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose candidates are the major contenders in the election have been trading blames.
The PDP has accused the INEC and the APC of attempts to alter the results to favour the latter.
PDP claimed that there was a plot to alter the election results.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP, asked the INEC to resist any attempt to “alter the electoral outcome”.
Ayu claimed that the results gathered by PDP agents from all the polling units in the state show that the party won the election.
“From the results obtained by our party and independent observers directly from the polling units, the PDP recorded a sweeping victory in most of the states where the elections were held,” he said.
Earlier, Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, alleged that the INEC was creating tension in Adamawa by failing to conclude the collation of results of the election in the state.
So far, Ahmadu Fintiri, the incumbent governor and candidate of the PDP, has won 13 LGAs, leaving Aisha Binani, gubernatorial candidate of the APC with seven.
The results from Fufore LGA, the only one left, were yet to be collated. Thugs had reportedly snatched the results sheet of the LGA.
INEC officials said that they were working to remedy the situation by getting all the data that have been uploaded on the iRev.
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