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Jos North/Bassa re-run poll: Kwande clinches seat

Announcing the result after the election  yesterday by INEC, Presiding Officer at the Unit, Yahaya. T. Husaini declared that the DPP scored 423 votes out…

Announcing the result after the election  yesterday by INEC, Presiding Officer at the Unit, Yahaya. T. Husaini declared that the DPP scored 423 votes out of the 443 valid votes in the election adding that 444 votes were used in the election out of which one vote was rendered invalid.

The PDP which is the major contender alongside the DPP however scored only one vote in the unit which has 865 registered voters. 451 voters were accredited before the commencement of the election according to the presiding officer.

Akuja led in the April election with 163,518 votes against Kwande’s 163,225 but with yesterday’s re-run result Kwande now has 163,648 while Akuja has 163,519 losing the election by 129 votes.

It would be recalled that the Appeal Court in Jos had in November last year asked the INEC to conduct a fresh election to determine who won the Jos North/ Bassa Federal Constituency during the last general elections.

In the April election INEC had declared Akuja as the duly elected candidate after polling 163,518 votes against Kwande’s 163,225 votes but Kwande rushed to the tribunal and challenged Akuja’s victory on the ground that the 751 votes he scored in Dogon Agogo unit were not included during collation, the basis upon which the Justice Suleiman Ambursa’s tribunal quashed Akuja’s victory.

Our correspondent gathered that Akuja also rushed to the Appeal Court challenging the tribunal’s judgement which was quashed by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi on the ground that Akuja’s column was left without indicating the zero he scored in the unit where Kwande was said to have scored 751 votes and called for re-run in the unit to determine the actual winner.

Yesterday election result puts Kwande as the due elected member to represent the constituency in the National Assembly our correspondent reports.

The election was observed amidst tight security where the Bauchi road was cordoned off by members of the Special Task Force (STF) and 2000 police men alongside members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the immigration, Custom and the NDLEA .