By: Valentine Adese (JP),
It is not yet uhuru in Plateau State with respect to the gubernatorial election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the outcome of the exercise has been declared inconclusive by the umpire.
INEC had told the world that it had to declare the exercise inconclusive because, the number of cancelled votes in the exercise was higher than the total difference between the two leading contending political parties and their candidates.
In its tabulation of the available results that were handy, INEC had announced that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had scored 583,255 votes, while its closest challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had equally scored 538, 326.
In its arithmetical analysis, INEC disclosed that the margin between the two political parties and their candidates was 44,929 votes, while the total cancelled votes were 49,377.
According to INEC, the 49,377 were cumulatively cancelled votes from Barkin-ladi, Bassa, Jos North, Kanam, Langtang South, Mangu, Pankshin and Shendam Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Plateau state.
With INEC planning to fix a supplementary election within the next 21 days to balance this anomaly in the exercise, the battle grounds seem to have been defined to determine the eventual winner between the PDP and the APC.
Pundits have observed that, with the low turnout experienced during the earlier gubernatorial elections, conducted on 9th March, 2019, the supplementary election in Plateau State may spring a surprise, as it is a decider.
They pointed out that, while Mangu Local Government had over 25,000 votes cancelled, the results from two wards cancelled in the earlier election would be a strong determiner of the contest as more electorates may likely come out to vote in the supplementary election.
Adding to the battle grounds in the supplementary election in Plateau State, pundits strongly believe that surprises may also surface at, Barkin-ladi and Jos North, because of the level of the voters that had earlier turned up in the cancelled exercise in those areas.