The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Kogi State governorship election inconclusive.
Declaring the results of the election, the electoral body said its decision was reached after collation of results that showed a number of cancelled votes that was high than the margin between the leading candidate and the runner-up.
After the 21 local councils’ election results were collated on Sunday, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Abubakar Audu, was leading while the incumbent Governor, Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic trailed by a margin less than the number of cancelled votes.
Though Audu polled 240 867 votes to defeat Wada who got 199 514 votes to lead the poll with over 41 000 votes while the cancelled and voided votes were well over 49 000 votes.
The INEC would announce when the supplementary election would hold before a winner emerges.
Labour Party came third with 8 756 votes while DPA came fourth with 2 973 votes.
Total votes cast in the election were 459 983 votes.
The #KogiDecides Election is inconclusive as a result of no return has been made.
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) November 22, 2015
The Kogi governorship election is the first election that the new leadership of the INEC is conducting.
It is also the first election under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, after the ruling party won the March 28 Presidential election, taking power from the Peoples Democratic Party that had ruled the nation for 16 years.