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UPDATED: INEC to hold supplementary elections in Kebbi, Adamawa April 15

By ICC March 27, 2023
The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that all outstanding governorship, National and State Assembly supplementary elections will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2023. 

This was made known by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi on Monday. Oyekanmi said,“Arising from its meeting held today, the Independent National Electoral Commission has decided that all outstanding governorship, National and State Assembly supplementary elections will take place on Saturday 15th April 2023. 

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 The  ICC reports that in Kebbi and Adamawa states, the governorship elections were declared inconclusive by INEC and supplementary elections scheduled to hold in some polling units in both states. 

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, had last Saturday assured protesting women at the commission’s headquarters in respect of the Adamawa election that a new date for the supplementary election that would be “credible and transparent” would be announced soon.

The announcement comes barely one week after the governorship elections of Kebbi and Adamawa states were declared inconclusive.

Last Monday, the election in Kebbi was declared inconclusive due to breaches of electoral laws that led to cancellation of results in polling units within 20 of the state’s 21 local government areas (LGAs).

INEC’s Returning Officer in the state, Professor Yusuf Sa’idu, said violence, destruction of election materials, disruption of electoral proceedings and over-voting played a role in having the election declared inconclusive.

Before declaring the election inconclusive, the All Progressives Congress (APC) was leading the poll with 388,258 votes, as against 342,980 votes scored by the PDP.

In Adamawa, the candidate of the APC, Senator Aishatu Dahiru (aka Binani) getting 390,275 votes while the incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri and PDP candidate polling 421,524 votes.

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.”