The candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, Sokoto and Bauchi States, have been declared winners in the supplementary elections held on Saturday.
The victories mean reelection for Samuel Ortom of Benue and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto. Bala Mohammed is unsitting the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) governor of Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar.
Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto survived by the whiskers scoring 512,002
to defeat APC candidate, Ahmad Aliyu, who scored 511,661 votes.
The Returning Officer in Benue, Professor Maimako Sebastian, declared Ortom winner on Sunday after he polled 434,473 votes to beat his closest rival and APC candidate, Emmanuel Jime, who got 345,155 votes – a margin of 89,318.
According to the Bauchi Returning Officer, Kyari Mohammed, results of the supplementary election shows that the PDP candidate polled a total of 6,376 while the candidate of the APC) Muhammed Abubakar, who is the incumbent governor polled 5,117.
The RO, however, noted that he is in no position to make a return because the case involving the Tafawa Balewa LGA is still in court.
The Federal High Court in Abuja had on March 19 restrained INEC from proceeding with the collation, conclusion and announcement of the result of the governorship election in the state held on March 9, 2019.
Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the order following an ex parte application filed by the APC and Governor Abubakar.
Governor Abubakar had filed the application in court after criticising INEC’s decision to continue with the collation of results after it had earlier declared the exercise in the state inconclusive.
INEC had declared the exercise inconclusive after the margin between the two leading candidates was said to be less than the number of cancelled votes.
According to the Returning Officer, Kyari Mohammed, results collated showed that the candidate of the PDP, polled 469,512 votes, while the candidate of the APC secured 465,453 votes.
The Commission, however, later insisted that it would resume the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa LGA on March 19 after considering a report submitted by the REC.
It also challenged the powers of the court to stop the collation and announcement of results.
According to its legal officer, Hassan Adamu, the court has no jurisdiction to interfere in post-election litigation.
Filing a counter affidavit, he argued that any post-election matter is exclusively reserved for the Election Petitions tribunal and not for any regular court.
The Commission, however, later agreed to hold the supplementary elections on March 23 in all other LGAs except Tafawa Balewa.