The action was based on the margin between the two leading candidates and the cancelled votes in the election. Shehu said a winner could not be declared since the number of cancelled votes was higher than the figure between Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Yusuf polled a total of 1,014,353 votes ahead of Ganduje who secured 953,522 votes, leaving a margin of 26,655 votes. A total of 100,873 votes were cancelled in the election.
INEC had earlier declared elections in Bauchi, Sokoto, Adamawa and Plateau inconclusive. A new date for the supplementary polls will soon be conveyed by INEC.