By Sadiq Umar – The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared inconclusive the Saturday Governorship elections held in Kogi State.
INEC’s Returning Officer in the election, Emmanuel Kucha who spoke in Lokoja, the State capital Sunday evening said the total number of vote cast by the two leading candidates was far less than the cancelled and invalidated votes.
Mr. Kucha explained that the decision was arrived at, as it was discovered that the difference in the total number of votes polled by the two leading candidates – Prince Abubakar Audu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor Idris Wada was far less than the total number of votes cancelled either due to ballot stuffing; ballot snatching and over voting in some wards and units of some local Government areas of the State.
The result announced by INEC so far indicated that Mr. Audu is leading with 240, 867 votes as against Wada who recorded 199, 514 votes.
Kogi State has a total number of 1.3 million registered voters. INEC is expected to conduct a supplementary poll.