The Election Petitions Tribunal in Sokoto has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct supplementary elections in Binji Constituency of the State House of Assembly.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Hamman Idi Polycarp, who gave the ruling on Tuesday while delivering judgement in the case brought by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hon. Bature Mohammed Binji, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon. Sahabi Umar, ordered the withdrawal of the Certificate of Return issued to Umar.
According to him, the declaration of Umar as the winner was premature, untimely, null and void, adding that there was a substantial non-compliance that had affected the results.
He also stressed that there should have been supplementary polls.
Rumfar Marina and Kusa Da Garkar Magaji Margai in Maikulki ward, Shiyyar Sarkin Aski in Binji ward and Tumunin Magaji in Soron Gabas ward are the affected polling units.
He declared that the margin between Umar, who scored 11,995, and Bature with 10,580, was 1,415, which is less than the 2,378 registered voters in the affected polling units.