Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following recent protest by the PDP to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for none declaration of the results of last Saturday’s Plateau Northern Senatorial elections, the Commision has finally declared results in favour of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The Coalition and Returning Officer of the Plateau Northern Senatorial District Professor Christopher Vande, declared the candidate of the PDP Istifanus D Gyang who polled with 269,555 votes to beat his APC opponent, Mr. Rufus Bature, who scored 171,233.
Hon. “I.D. Gyang,” as he is fondly called, won in all the six local governments of the Senatorial zone, with the exception of Jos East. The results, however, showed a 12.88% drop in the total votes purportedly scored by “ID Gyang” and a 5.08% hike in Mr. Bature’s votes. An unconfirmed social media broadcast had earlier reported that “ID Gyang” polled 304,279 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr. Bature, who scored 162,533 votes.
The declaration of the results, however, puts to rest heated controversy that had trailed the withholding of the results for five days.
The PDP leadership in the state had held a Press Conference in Jos on Wednesday demanding that the electoral umpire released the results or risk throwing the state into crisis. Similarly, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had warned that the continued delay in the announcement of the results was capable of sparking violent conflicts.
The results for the Jos North/Bassa constituency, which were equally withheld, are, however, to be decided after a rerun of the elections. Collation and Returning Officer for the National Assembly Elections, Professor Francis Kwese, declared the elections inconclusive, following a cancellation of the votes from Tudun Wada/Kabong Ward.
The Ward, which has 92,000 registered voters, had faced the same cancellation of votes during the presidential elections.
Series of protests had trailed the cancellation of the presidential votes, but there seems to be a consensus on the decisions over the NASS results. The votes declared in the Reps elections show that the APC polled 114,705 against the PDP with 89,262 votes.