INDEPENDENT National
Electoral Commission, INEC,
has declared the Saturday’s
Nasarawa/Toto Federal
Constituency bye-election
inconclusive.
INEC boss, Mahmood
Yakubu The Constituency
Returning Officer of the
election, Dr Wilfred Uji of
Federal University, Lafia,
Nasarawa State, made this
known while the announcing
the outcome of the poll in
Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local
Government Area of the state
on Sunday.
Uji cited Section 53 of the
Electoral Act which gives
the commission the power
to cancel election in polling
units where there is over
voting.
“For Nasarawa/Toto
federal constituency, we have
a total number of 202,338
registered voters for the
election out of which 76,475
were accredited and the total
vote cast was 75,826 and we
have 74,848 valid votes and
the rejected votes stand at
978.
“The cancelled votes taken
from the vote cast stand at
39,150 and the four political
parties that participated at
the bye-election scored the
following votes, APC scored
46,559; PDP scored 17,068;
APGA 11,181 and Labour
party, LP, got 40 votes.
“The marginal difference
between the APC and PDP
is 29,491, and the cancelled
votes is 39,150, so the
cancelled votes exceeded the
marginal difference between
APC and PDP as a result of
over voting in some polling
units of the constituency.
“Base on the relevant laws
guiding the commission,
we hereby order for a rerun
in the affected polling units
onWednesday, June 1 in
order to get a winner and such decision has been taken
in the interest of peace,” he
said.
Also speaking, the
Supervising Resident
Electoral Commissioner
for the election, Prof.
Habu Zarma, urged the
stakeholders of the political
parties to cooperate with the
commission in order to have
a peaceful rerun.
“The rerun is just serve
as a second chance for the
electorate to choose a leader
of their choice and we hope
that a winner will be declared
during the rerun election,” he
said.
While speaking with
newsmen, Alhaji Mohammed
Musa and Mr Ayuba Wandai,
the Sole Administrators of
Nasarawa and Toto local
government areas of the
state, respectively, expressed
optimism that APC will come
victorious during the rerun election.
They called on the
supporters of the APC to
remain peaceful, law abiding
and come out en masse to
vote for the party during the
rerun election.
Reacting on the rerun
election, Mr Adamu
Abubakar, the APC Returning
Agent for the election, said
that as a law abiding party,
APC has agreed with the
decision of the INEC in good
faith.
“We are already leading
other political parties with
a lot of gap and we are
optimistic that our great
party, APC, will win the rerun
election,” he said.
The News Agency of
Nigeria, NAN recalls that
INEC fixed May 28 for the byeelection
for the Nasarawa/
Toto federal constituency
following the death of Rep.
Musa Baba-Onwana


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