INEC declares Adamawa, Kebbi governorship elections inconclusive as Nigerians dream of first elected female governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Adamawa and Kebbi State Governorship Elections inconclusive.

In Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri, the incumbent and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in a close contest with Senator Aishatu Dahuru, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

At the moment, Fintiri has scored a total of 421,522 votes, while Dahiru, popularly called Binani has 390,275 votes from the 21 local governments.

The election was monitored across the country as many expected that Dahiru, who has put up a spirited challenge might win the race and become the first elected female Governor in Nigeria.

INEC has announced that the margin of the lead between the two main contestants is less than the number of votes in the polling units where elections did not take place on March 18, 2023.

“Elections were not held in 47 wards, affecting 69 polling units. So, this gives us a margin of 31,249. The total number of PVCs collected in places where elections were not held amounted to 37,016,” it said.

In Kebbi State, before Professor Yusuf Sa’idu, the State Returning Officer made the declaration that the election was inconclusive, the APC was leading with 388,258 votes, as against 342,980 votes scored by the PDP.

Sa’idu said the cancellation of non-voting in many polling units across the state necessitated the decision.  He said these were a result of breaches of the electoral laws in polling units within 20 of the 21 LGAs.

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