The governorship election of Bauchi State has been declared inconclusive due to reasons stated below.
Professor Mohammed Kyari, who was the returning officer for Bauchi State has announced that the total registered voters were 2, 323, 603, while the accredited voters stood at 1, 056, 729.
Mohammed said, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sen. Bala Mohammed polled 469, 512 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress Candidate, Mohammed Abubakar, the incumbent Governor who came very close with 465, 453 votes.
He further said that the total valid votes are 1, 026, 901, rejected votes are 21, 419 while the total votes cast are 1, 048, 220.
Kyari of the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa state, gave three reasons for his action.
He said: “First, that the margin of lead between the PDP and APC Candidates is 4, 059 votes. Secondly, the number of cancelled votes even without that of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area which he had earlier cancelled was 45, 312.
“Thirdly, the total number of registered voters in the affected areas are 139, 240.”
The Returning Officer further said that: “Therefore, based on Section 26 Part 53 of the Electoral Act, I hereby declare this result inconclusive.”
He instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state to immediately conduct a re-run in the affected areas within 21 days.