From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Bala Muhammed Abdulkadir is in clear lead ahead of the incumbent Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, who is a candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Bala has increased the margin of his lead in the governorship election, he scored 6,376 votes in the just concluded supplementary election, Abubakar scored 5,117 votes.
Announcing the result on Sunday in Bauchi, the election Returning Officer, Professor Mohammed Kyari, Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, said he was not in a position to make any pronouncement regarding the overall winner of the governorship election in the state due to the suit before a Federal High Court, Abuja over the collation of results in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area.
You will recall that the result of the 19 out of the 20 local government areas of the State, as announced by the electoral body indicated that Bala scored 469,512 votes, Governor Abubakar scored 465,453 votes.
With the release of the result from the supplementary election in 36 polling units, the total votes scored by Bala increased to 475,888 votes, while Abubakar rose to 470,570 votes with a difference 5,318 votes.
With the conclusion of the supplementary elections, Bauchi now awaits the decision of the court on the collation of result of the governorship election in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area before determining the governor elect.
Governor Abubakar sued INEC over its decision to complete the collation of election results in Tafawa Balewa Local Government area and asked the court to order the electoral body to conduct a rerun election in the local government as earlier announced by the returning officer Mohammed Kyari.