The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Sokoto state for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Sadiq Musa has offered reason why the incumbent governor, Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not declared winner of the Saturday, March 9 election in the State.
According to the REC, the decision to declare the election inconclusive was constitutional because elections in 136 polling units were cancelled as a result of violence, willful destruction of voting materials and manhandling of our staff.
”The total number of votes cancelled are much higher than the winning margin. It can significantly change the result.
“So it is not concocted by INEC. INEC is empowered by the constitution to provide guidelines for elections and there is procedure for declaring election inconclusive.”
In the results that were announced after the election showed that Governor Tambuwal was leading his closest rival, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by a margin of 3,413 votes while 75, 403 votes were cancelled.
Governor Tambuwal had earlier questioned the decision to declare the election inconclusive, claiming he had won it and should be declared the winner.