Nigeria Elections: Bala Mohammed elected Bauchi governor, defeats incumbent

by Samuel Abasi Posted on March 24th, 2019

Abuja, Nigeria: The PDP governorship candidate in Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, has won Saturday’s Supplementary Election.

The Returning Officer, Professor Kyari Mohammed made the announcement on Sunday, a day after the exercise took place in the state.

Bala Mohammed polled a total of 6,376 while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammed Abubakar, who is the incumbent governor polled 5,117 votes.

With the conclusion of the supplementary elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state was awaiting the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja on the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, before determining the governor-elect.

Incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar, had dragged INEC to court to challenge the decision of the electoral body directing the continuation of collation of results of the area, having earlier declared same as inconclusive.

While the Presidential and National Assembly elections were concluded, the Governorship and State House of Assembly polls suffered a setback in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the governorship election in 29 states, except Edo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kogi, and Anambra States.

However, the governorship elections were declared inconclusive in Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, and Plateau, while INEC suspended electoral processes in Rivers State.The electoral body fixed March 23 to conduct supplementary elections for Governorship and House of Assembly polls.

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