The Returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Adamawa State, Prof Andrew Haruna, said on Monday that a rerun was necessary in the state because the number of votes cancelled was more than the victory margin recorded.
According to him, a total of 1,973,083 voters were registered for the election with 894,481 voters accredited. He said that after the Saturday election, 40,988 votes were cancelled in 44 polling units across the state, which was more than the margin recorded between the winner and the runner-up. Haruna said that the call for a rerun was backed by electoral law.
However, the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party said that it had no fear of taking part in the rerun of the state governorship election after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the Saturday’s exercise inconclusive.
The PDP candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri, led the Saturday election with 32,476 votes after polling 367,471 ahead of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jibrilla Bindow, who scored 334,995 votes. Bindow is seeking re-election.