Breaking: INEC backtracks, declares no winner in February 25 election in northern state, fixes rerun
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally taken a decision on the National Assembly Election in Doguwa and Tudunwada Federal Constituency
- According to the electoral body, no winner emerged from the election which was conducted on Saturday, February 25
- Alhassan Doguwa, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, was initially declared the winner of the exercise but INEC gave the reason why it invalidated Doguwa’s victory
Kano state – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that there was no winner in the February 25 National Assembly Election in Doguwa and Tudunwada Federal Constituency.
Professor Ibrahim Adamu Yakasai, the Returning Officer for the election, announced the new development in Doguwa’s constituency on Wednesday, March 8, Daily Trust reported.
Recall that Alhassan Doguwa, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, who contested on the All Progressives Congress (APC), was initially declared winner of the exercise.
However, the electoral commission later delisted his name from the reps-elect and failed to issue him a certificate of return.
The commission had explained that Doguwa was declared the winner of the election under duress.
The lawmaker was subsequently arrested in connection with the violence which broke out in the constituency during the collation of the election and led to the deaths of at least two people.
The police had arraigned the ranking lawmaker at a magistrate’s court which remanded him in prison. But Doguwa was granted N500 million bail and barred from Saturday’s election.
Doguwa and Tudunwada Federal Constituency is inconclusive, says INEC
Professor Yakasai at a press briefing on Wednesday announced that INEC reviewed and declared Doguwa and Tudun Wada federal constituency election was inconclusive.
The returning officer said he was forced to announce the winner of the election under duress.
He said the difference between the two leading candidates was less than the number of votes cancelled.
According to Yakasai, votes in 13 polling units were cancelled. He noted that a total of 6,917 PVCs were collected in the 13 cancelled polling units which is higher than the total difference of 4,934 votes between the first and the runner-up.
He added that supplementary elections would hold in the affected polling units to determine the winner.
MAI UMAR BIU said on Facebook: ·
“Mchewww I thought I will see, the electoral body has declared that there was no winner in the February 25 Presidential election in Nigeria.”
Joe Ibe said:
“Looking forward to seeing INEC do the same for the February presidential election. God will bless the INEC chairman if he does it.”
Nne Nna Ya said:
“So if the Prof. Didn’t talk now na so dem for take declare that man winner with all the atrocities he committed.”
Isaac Melody Duke said:
“Can’t believe that Doguwa has been granted bail, after all the barbaric things he had done.”
Appeal court gives judgement on INEC’s request to reconfigure BVAS
In another report, the Court of Appeal in Abuja approved the application INEC to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used for the 2023 presidential election.
The court ruled that the reconfiguration was to enable the commission to conduct the March 11 governorship and state assembly elections.
The panel was delivering a ruling on an application by the Labour Party seeking access to inspect sensitive materials used for the presidential poll.