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No winner in Doguwa’s constituency, says INEC

….fixes rerun in 13 polling units

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that there was no winner in the February 25 National Assembly Election in Doguwa and Tudunwada Federal Constituency.

The Informant247 gathered that Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, who contested on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, was initially declared winner of the exercise, but his name was delisted from the reps-elect and failed to issue him a certificate of return.

The commission had said he was declared winner of the election under duress.

This followed the arrest of Doguwa in connection with the violence which broke out in the constituency during the collation of results, where two people were killed and a secretariat of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) was set ablaze.

The police had said investigation showed that the ranking lawmaker was involved in the violence. He was arraigned at a magistrate’s court which remanded him in prison.

But Doguwa was granted a N500 million bail and barred from Saturday’s elections.

However, Professor Ibrahim Adamu Yakasai, the Returning Officer for the election at a media briefing on Wednesday, announced that INEC reviewed and declared Doguwa and Tudun Wada federal constituency election inconclusive, saying he was forced to announce the winner of the election under duress.

He said the difference between the two leading candidates was less than the number of the votes cancelled.

He said votes in 13 polling units had been cancelled, noting that a total of 6,917 PVCs were collected in the 13 cancelled polling units which is higher than the total difference of 4,934 votes between the first and the runner up, adding that supplementary elections would hold in the affected polling units to determine the winner.

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