The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship elections which were held in Benue and Kano states on Saturday inconclusive.
The declaration was made by the returning officers for both elections at their respective collation centres on Monday.
Sabastine Maimako, the Returning Officer for the Benue governorship election, cited the difference in the margin of cancelled votes being higher than that of the margin of lead between the two leading candidates as the reason for the inconclusive outcome of the election.
Samuel Ortom, the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 410,576 votes, while Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 329,022 votes.
However, the total number of cancelled votes is 121,019, while the margin of the led between both candidates is 81,554.
Similarly, Bello Shehu, the Returning Officer for the Kano State governorship election, also adduced the same reason as that of Benue State as the reason for declaring the election inconclusive.
According to Shehu, PDP’s Abba Yusuf polled a total of 1,014,353 votes, while APC’s Abdullahi Ganduje, the incumbent governor, secured 953,522 votes.
However, the margin of lead between both candidates is 26,655 votes, while the number of cancelled votes stands at 100,873.
A re-run is expected to hold in the affected areas of both states under 21 days, according to the electoral guidelines.