The state High Court, presided in Yola by Justice Abdulaziz Waziri, granted an interim injuction by one of the governorship candidates stopping INEC from conducting the supplementary polls in the 44 polling units where voting during the March 9 governorship election was cancelled
The governorship candidate of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRRD), Rev Eric Theman, had filed for the injunction on the premise of non-inclusion of his party logo for the governorship election.
The election had been declared inconclusive by INEC after it collated results from the 21 LGAs of the state and found that the margin of lead between the two leading parties, PDP and APC, was lower than the number of registered voters in polling units where voting was cancelled.
The PDP had polled 367,471 votes as against APC’s 334,995; giving a difference of 32,467; less than the 40,948 registered voters in the 44 polling units where voting was cancelled.
The commission announced Tuesday that it would conduct a supplementary election on March 23 in the affected polling units, a proposal the High Court has now put on hold.
Governorship election: Live supplementary polls results from Plateau State
The rerun elections are ongoing in four other states such as Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the exercise in these five states as inconclusive.
The commission had declared winners in the governorship elections in only 22 states.
However, the Returning Officers (ROs) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states, declared the elections as inconclusive.
The supplementary elections will be held in the affected states today, March 23.
Follow Arewa.Ng, on this thread for results from Plateau State as declared by INEC.
Here is the result for the governorship supplementary poll at Plateau Hotel Polling Unit, Jos North LGA, Plateau State as announced by the Presiding Officer, Abdulaziz Mohammed.
PDP – 158
APC – 78
SDP – 1
Total number of votes: 237
Registered voters: 853.
PDP Asks INEC To Cancel Kano Supplementary Elections — But APC Says No
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the calls by the former for the cancellation of elections in the state.
Addressing journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, state chairman of PDP in Kano, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections in Kano “with immediate effect”.
According to Bichi, the decision was based on reports received by the party that some “PDP agents have been molested, vehicles burnt, property destroyed in Doguwa, Nasarawa, Minjibir and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas of the state”.
PDP alleged that security personnel gave hoodlums cover to unleash mayhem on their supporters.
He also claimed that some political thugs were imported from neighbouring states to cause chaos in the ongoing supplementary elections.
However, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, debunked the allegations of the PDP that there was mayhem during the conduct of the supplementary elections.
Speaking at media briefing in Kano on Saturday, he said the election was conducted peacefully and devoid of violence and thuggery.
He referred to the allegations by the PDP as “baseless and untrue”, and called on the general public to remain calm and wait for the final results by INEC.
JUST IN: Police Send Reinforcement To Kano After Electoral Violence
The Police Command in Kano State have sent a reinforcement of security personnel to Gama Ward of Nasarawa Local Government to beef up security at polling units located in the ward.
Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano.
Gama has been in the spotlighted for the incidents of violence, voter intimidation and ballot box burning and snatching that tainted Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano, even leading to calls for the cancellation of the exercise.
Abdullahi said the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit of Anthony Michael, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), to the area.
He explained that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation in the area.
The PPRO said the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.
He also denied reports of the alleged arrest of Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Ishaq.
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