The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, disclosed the commission’s decision in a statement on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Barr. Okoye said, the decision was reached on Monday after a review of the conduct of the Governorship and State Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023.
He said, “arising from the meeting, the Commission took the decision to suspend forthwith further collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States.
“It will be recalled that our office in Obingwa Local Government Area was invaded by thugs yesterday Sunday 19th March 2023 and our officials held hostage in relation to the collation of results from the Local Government Area. Similarly, reports from Enugu State call for a review of the results for the Governorship election from the two outstanding Local Government Areas of Nsukka and Nkanu East.
“Consequently, the Commission hereby suspends the collation of results in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State and the two outstanding Local Government Areas of Enugu State which are yet to be collated. A review will be undertaken immediately before the process is concluded.
“We appeal for the understanding and patience of voters, parties and candidates in the affected States”, he said.
Meanwhile, INEC declared the March 18 governorship election in Adamawa State inconclusive.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senator Aishatu Dahiru scored 390, 275 while the incumbent, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, polled 421,524.
However, INEC state collation officer, Prof Muhammadu Mele of the University of Maiduguri declared the election inconclusive due to the margin of votes.
He said, “Elections were not held in 47 wards, affecting 69 polling units. So, this gives us a margin of 31,249. The total number of PVCs collected in places where elections were not held amounted to 37,016.”
Mele said, “based on these findings and analysis as stated in the electoral laws” where the margin between two candidates is lesser than the total number of collected PVCs in areas where elections were not held, the election is declared inconclusive”.