The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced its decision to halt the collation process of the governorship election result in Kano state, after results from the only Local Government Area yet to be announced, was reportedly compromised by thugs.
Backstory: The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Riskuwa Shehu, made this known while addressing journalist and other relevant stakeholders at the Commission’s office on Monday.
He explained that while results had been collated from 43 out of the state’s 44 Local Government Areas, insecurity challenges affecting the last one, Nasarawa Local Government Area, has led to the temporary suspension of collation in the state as a whole.
“As we were waiting to reconvene with the intention to continue with the collation, we heard a disturbing report that just as they were about to conclude, results collation in Nasarawa local government were disrupted and the result sheet torn away and there was a lot of commotion and the police had to rescue some people.
Shehu stated that following the attack, the Commission, is no longer in possession of the result as the Electoral Officer barely survived the crisis.
On what INEC plans to do next, he said, “the intention of the commission is that we are going to refer to our primary and secondary data of results that were collated from the polling units as well as the ward level.
“When we get the results in the presence of all the representatives of political parties, we will regenerate the results and we will confirm those that are acceptable within our laws and guidelines and those that have to be cancelled because the card readers will have to be referred to as well.
“Based on that, we will have genuine results and we will complete the collation for the state governorship election,” he said.
Deputy governor arrested: This announcement comes a few hours after the Nigerian Police Force took into custody, the state’s deputy governor, Sule Garo, and Kano state Commissioner for Local Government, over attempts to disrupt the elections in the same Local Government Area.
Current Tally: While no time has been fixed to reconvene, prior to the suspension, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Abba Yusuf, led the elections with 960,004 votes ahead of All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who has secured 953,522 votes so far.
Between the lines: Observer figures from the last LGA shows that the PDP got more votes than the APC in the LGA, with enough votes to get the opposition party over the finish line. President Buhari who had warned that electoral offenders will be dealt with has another opportunity in Kano state, where Ganduje, a strong ally of his, appears to be making attempts to manipulate the process.