INEC issues Certificates of Return to 14 Kebbi Assembly members-elect

8 out of the remaining 10 Constituencies would be going for rerun election while two others have issues to resolve at INEC headquarters

INEC issues Certificates of Return to 14 Kebbi Assembly members-elect

By Taofeek Lawal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kebbi, on Thursday, issued Certificates of Return to 14 winners of the March 18 House of Assembly poll in the state.

The certificates were issued by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Ahmad Bello-Mahmud. 

Mahmud said the event was in fulfillment of the commission’s mandate to issue certificates of return within 14 days of election.

He urged the members to understand that they were elected to serve their constituents.

He expressed appreciation to the stakeholders who supported the commission before, during, and after the elections.

"Eight out the remaining 10 Constituency are going for inconclusive (rerun election) on 15 April while the two constituencies of Yauri and Ngaski constituencies have some issues that we are waiting for our headquarters to resolve.

"Our officers during the election were bitten up to almost death or put under duress to declare results and Section 65 of the Electoral Act mandates that where such an incident happens we have to invoke the section. 

"It provides that the Commission shall have the power within seven days to review the declaration and return where the Commission determines that the said declaration and return was not made voluntarily or was made contrary to the provisions of the law, regulations and guidelines, and manual for the election," the REC said.

Three out of the 14 recipients of the certificates contested and won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the remaining 11 members - elect are from All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Shortly after receiving his certificate, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, the incumbent Speaker of the state assembly, and member- elect, representing Bagudo constituency, thanked God for the opportunity given to them by their constituents.

"We have taken the mandate as another trial from God, and we will do our utmost best to serve people deligently and fairly," he assured.