The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Sokoto state, Sadiq Musa has defended the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the governorship election in the state inconclusive.
In the results announced so far, Gov Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won his closest rival, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by a margin of 3,413 votes while 75, 403 votes were cancelled.
According to the REC, the decision was constitutional.
“Elections in the 136 polling units were cancelled because there were violence, willful destruction of voting materials and manhandling of our staff.
”The total number of votes cancelled are much higher than the winning margin. It can significantly change the result.
“So it is not concocted by INEC. INEC is empowered by the constitution to provide guidelines for elections and there is procedure for declaring election inconclusive,” he said.
Governor Tambuwal had earlier questioned the decision to declare the election inconclusive, claiming he had won it and should be declared the winner.