From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State said the party is ready to participate in the supplementary elections to be organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission as stipulated by the electoral laws billed for March 23, 2019, and says the party is optimistic of winning the contest.
The party also express dissatisfaction by the cancellation of elections in polling units where elections were adjudged peaceful.
Chairman of the party in the State, Hon Latep Dabang, stated this while addressing journalists at the State Secretariat of the party in Jos.
It would be recalled that the governorship polls held last Saturday was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer, Prof. Richard Anande, following cancellation of some results from electoral wards and polling units.
Anande, had declared the gubernatorial election inconclusive because the difference between the two major contenders, APC and PDP was less than the votes cancelled.
He said the incumbent Governor and APC candidate Simon Lalong got 583, 255 votes, while his closest rival and candidate of the main opposition PDP, Senator Jeremiah Useni, got 538, 326 votes.
According to him, because the difference between the two major contenders is 44, 929 is less than the cancelled votes of 49, 347, that’s why the result cannot be declared.
“This according section 179 subsection 2, of the 1999 constitution as amended.
He said the aforementioned cancelled votes were in Barkin Ladi (570), Bassa (3000), Bokkos (5, 314), Jos North (4, 152), Kanam (2, 627), Langtang South (5, 501), Mangu (26, 135), Pankshin (1, 144) and Shendam LGAs (851).
Meantime, INEC has identified the units and local government areas where the rerun elections are to be held in discourse.
According to the INEC, the gubernatorial results released so far, the ruling APC candidate, who is the incumbent governor was leading with 583, 255 votes, while PDP candidate Senator Jeremiah Useni followed closely with 538, 326 votes.
However, the APC chairman in the state said,”INEC pronouncement of inconclusiveness in the said elections only delayed our victory celebration.
Dabang said, “The APC as a party was taken aback with the decision by the State Collation Officer, to declare the governorship elections inconclusive following cancellation of votes caused by fraudulent activities of the opposition.
The APC chieftain maintained that Governor Lalong should have been declared winner of the election, having led with more than 44, 000 votes.