The by-election for the House of Representatives in Jalingo, Yorro, and Zing was deemed inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday.
This was revealed by Prof. Daniel Ayuba, the Returning Officer for the election, following the compilation of results from the three local government councils that comprised the Jalingo constituency.
Ayuba reported that Alhaji Tafida Sadiq, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, received 17,214 votes overall, while Mr. Innocent Jabayang, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate and first runner-up, received 15,537 votes. This indicates a 1,677-vote disparity between the two candidates.
Based on our calculations and the data at our disposal, the margin of victory is less than 14,759, the total number of PVCs that were gathered in the areas where the poll was cancelled or did not take place.
As a result, the election is undecided, and a rerun between the candidate who received the most votes and the first runner-up would take place in the relevant areas.
According to our source, the constituency staged an election on Saturday to fill the void left by Ismaila Maihanchi’s passing. Maihanchi had won the general election in February 2023, which took place before to the 10th National Assembly’s inauguration.