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INEC To Conduct Supplementary Elections In Kano, Sokoto, Four Others March 23

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 23rd to conduct supplementary elections in the six states where the governorship election was declared inconclusive.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

The exercise will take place in Adamawa, Benue, Kano, Plateau, Sokoto, and Bauchi states.

Winners have already emerged in Imo, Ogun, Kaduna, and 19 other states.

According to the statement, the supplementary polls were necessary to conclude the process in the affected states.

The electoral umpire also disclosed that supplementary polls will take place in polling units in all the states where the State Assembly election was declared inconclusive.

It explained that the elections were declared inconclusive for various reasons, such as the discontinuation of use of card readers midway into the exercise, among others.

INEC said it considered a report submitted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State on the disruption of the collation at a center in one of the local government areas.

It added that a team led by a national commissioner was set up to investigate the issues raised and ensure that they were resolved.

 

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PDP’s Bala Mohammed Wins Bauchi Governorship Election

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PDP’s Bala Muhammed has been declared the winner of the governorship race in Bauchi State.

Mr Bala Mohammed defeated the incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

Mohammed polled a total of 515,113 votes while the APC polled 500,625.

The Returning officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced the winner and returned the former FCT Minister Bala Muhammed as the Governor of Bauchi State.

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Kwankwasiyya Group Posting Gory Pictures of Plateau Crisis to Discredit Governorship Rerun Election, Says Kano State Govt

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Kano state government describes as desperate move by the Kwankwasiyya group of the PDP to discredit the peaceful conduct of the rerun election by posting pictures of violence witnessed in some part of the country on social media platforms and beyond and paints it as what is happening in Kano.

A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba indicates that, the supplementary election that witnessed large turn out of voters and adjudged as most peaceful, is being dismissed by the Kwankwasiyya group.

It says even before the election the group had unleashed terror on innocent citizens in order to scare them away from exercising their franchise.

“Since yesterday, members of the group have been posting and sharing gory pictures of violence in an effort paint black the peaceful and orderly election in Kano. Some of this pictures were shots from the Jos crisis in Plateau state”, the statement adds.

The commissioner therefore calls on the public to ignore such postings awash on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

The statement also urges the people and particularly members of the APC to remain calm and await for the outcome of the election.

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Emir Sanusi Plots Cancellation of Kano Rerun Election

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Disturbed that the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is leading in the Kano governorship rerun election, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has pleaded with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to cancel the results.

Impeccable security sources told our Correspondent that the controversial Emir put several calls across to the INEC chairman and the Director-General of the DSS late Saturday afternoon, begging for the cancellation of the result.

The Emir, it was gathered has, before now launched a campaign of calumnly against Kano state Governor, Dr. Ganduje.

A source close to the Palace revealed that Emir Sanusi has been lobbying major Kano stakeholders to work against Ganduje’s victory.

“He has been holding secret meetings with Kwankwaso in and outside the country perfecting plans on how Ganduje will be pushed out of the way so that Kwankwaso will take over Kano again through his proxy and son inlaw, Abba Kabir Yusuf,” the Palace source added.

Our Correspondent, however, gathered that the INEC chairman and the DSS boss refused to hid to the plea of the Kano Emir.

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