The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship election in Plateau State as inconclusive.
The All Progressives Congress candidate, Simon Lalong, led with 583,255 votes in 11 local governments, while the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Jeremiah Useni, got 538,326.
Given the 44,929 margin of lead and the total number of cancelled votes at 49,377, the returning officer in Plateau State, Professor Richard Kimbir, who spoke at the state INEC headquarters, stated that the election was inconclusive.
In the same vein, victory in the camps of the two leading candidates, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, PDP, and his erstwhile deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, APC, in the Sokoto State governorship poll has been put on hold.
The returning officer, Professor Fatima Muktar, who declared the election inconclusive in the early hours of today, based her decision on the huge numbers of cancelled votes.
In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission says the Adamawa governorship election is inconclusive and a new date for the rerun would be announced.
The returning officer, Professor Andrew Haruna, who confirmed the development at the collation centre in Yola said the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two major contestants and therefore, a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.