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Supplementary elections: Battle Royale as APC, PDP lock horns in 24 states

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The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has concluded arrangements for the successful conduct of supplementary governorship, national and state Assembly elections in Kebbi and Adamawa states, as well as national and state assemblies’ elections in 24 states of the federation today (Saturday).

The governorship supplementary election will be held in 142 polling units across 20 local government areas of Kebbi State and it will be a battle royal between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party. The initial governorship election was declared inconclusive by INEC following the cancellation of results in polling units across 20 of the 21 local government areas of the state.

Before declaring the election inconclusive, the APC candidate, Dr. Nasir Idris, was leading with 388,258 votes, as against 342,980 votes polled by the PDP candidate, Gen Aminu Bande.

In Adamawa State, supplementary elections will be held in 20 local government areas to determine the next governor of the state between Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party and Senator Aishatu Binani of the All Progressive Congress. Legislative polls will also be conducted in the state.

The March 18 governorship election in the state was declared inconclusive by INEC’s returning officer for the poll, Prof Mohammed Mele.

Fintiri had polled 31,249 votes more than his rival from the APC, Binani, at the end of collation of results from 21 local government areas of the state, INEC said because the margin of lead was less than the number of cancelled votes in 69 polling units across 47 registration areas with 37,016 Permanent Voter Cards collected, a supplementary poll would have to be held to conclude the process.

Supplementary elections would be conducted for the Kebbi North Senatorial District, two federal and eight state constituencies in the state.

INEC’s National Commissioner, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, stated the commission’s readiness on Friday on the sidelines of the distribution of sensitive election materials in Birnin-Kebbi.

He said the commission was fully ready to conduct successful supplementary elections in the state.

Okoye said the commission had distributed sensitive election materials comprising ballot papers, result sheets and Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines.

He said the commission had held stakeholders’ engagement with political parties, civil society groups, organisations and security agencies to facilitate a hitch-free exercise.

Okoye stated, “Head of security agencies have promised that they have the courage, capacity and the resources to deploy adequately and effectively to all the places where supplementary elections will take place.

“On our own part, the Chairman of the commission has deployed three national commissioners to Kebbi State because of the number of elections we have here. He has also deployed directing staff members for these particular elections.

“So, we are going to have most of our staff members acting as supervisory presiding officers, LG tech and acting in various capacities just to make sure that these elections are conducted successfully.

“We are going to have a conclusion to these elections, so, by Sunday, Kebbians will be able to know who their governor is just like any other state of the federation.”

Similarly, the REC in Oyo State, Dr Adeniran Tella, said on Friday at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ibadan that registered voters in the polling units where supplementary elections would hold were 5,926.

He said those who collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the affected polling units numbered 5,250.

Tella stated, “In the Oluyole Federal Constituency, two polling units affected have 3,014 registered voters, 2,869 of whom collected their PVCs.

“For the two polling units, 3,014 ballot papers have been supplied.

“In Ibadan North East/Ibadan South East, six polling units affected have 2,912 registered voters, 2,381 of whom collected their PVCs.

“INEC has supplied 2,917 ballot papers for the six polling units.”

He assured that Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines to be used were already configured and fully charged.

He added that polling units results would be uploaded on INEC’s Result Viewing portal real time.

In Sokoto State, INEC said the supplementary elections would be held in the 23 local government areas.

A statement by the INEC spokesman in the state, Dr Shamsudden Sidi, said the elections would be held in 522 polling units for the three senatorial districts and 466 polling units for the 10 out of the 11 federal constituencies.

INEC on Friday distributed sensitive and non-sensitive election materials for the governorship and state House of Assembly supplementary elections to 20 local government council areas where the polls will be held today (Saturday) in Adamawa State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Yunusa Ari, during the distribution of the items, which was witnessed by representatives of political parties and their agents, gave an assurance of free, fair and credible polls.

The supplementary polls in Adamawa will hold across 69 polling units for the governorship and nine polling units for four state House of Assembly seats that were declared inconclusive for Numan, Girei, Gombi and Toungo, bringing the total number of polling units to 78.

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