Governorship Polls: APC Wins Lagos, Kwara, Jigawa, Kebbi, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Nasarawa, Katsina As PDP Takes A/Ibom, Oyo, Abia, Cross River, Enugu, Delta, Ebonyi

  • PDP leads in Kano after INEC declares results of 43 out of 44 LGAs
  • Governor El-rufai leads in Kaduna, Ortom in Benue
  • INEC declares Adamawa, Sokoto, Bauchi, Plateau Elections Inconclusive

          …. Halts polls in Rivers due to violence

Winners have emerged from some of last Saturday’s governorship elections in 29 states across the country with major upsets in some few states.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) swept the polls in Lagos, Gombe, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Niger, Borno, Ogun and Yobe States while the PDP maintained its hold on Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. And just as it did in the presidential election on February 23, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) won the governorship election in Oyo State.

In Lagos, APC’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu was declared winner, polling 739,445 votes to defeat his arch-rival, Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured 206,141 votes.

The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede who is the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, announced the results at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Yaba Lagos amidst tight security.

He said there were 977, 476 valid votes out of 998, 715 votes cast while 21, 239 votes were rejected.

Sanwo-Olu won in all the 20 LGs. Agbaje came second.

In Kwara, APC’s Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq won in all the 16 LGs of the state, scoring 331, 546, as against the PDP candidate, Razak Atunwa, who polled 114,754 votes.

The returning officer for the election, Vice Chancellor Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa state, Professor Liman Sanusi, announced the result in Ilorin. Kwara State results were the first to be announced yesterday afternoon.

The contest in Kebbi State saw Atiku Bagudu of APC winning with a wide margin, scoring 673,717 votes, against the PDP candidate, Isa Galaudu’s106,633 votes. He won in all the 21 LGs of the state.

A total of 814,084 votes were cast in the election out of which 20,696 votes were rejected.

Similarly, Jigawa State governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of APC, polled 810,933 votes to defeat PDP’s Aminu Ibrahim Ringim, who polled 288,356 votes. He won in all the 27 LGs of the state.

The Returning Officer of the state governorship election, Prof Azubuike Sunny Nwankwo, announced the results in Dutse.

In Gombe, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of APC emerged winner, polling 364,179 votes, while the PDP candidate Bayero Nafada scored 222,868 votes.

The results as announced by the Returning Officer, Professor Saminu Abdulrahman Ibrahim showed that 30 other governorship candidates polled 21,799 votes.

The governorship election results in Niger State also showed that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello won in all the 25 LGs.

As for states won by the PDP, Governor Udom Emmanuel retained his seat, winning in 30 out of the 31 LGs of the state.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State also retained his seat, polling 393,043 votes while his APC challenger, Sen Sunny Ogbouji, polled 81,703 votes.

Announcing the results, the state Returning Officer Prof. Frank Chukwuemaka said a total of 482,018 votes were recorded as valid votes, while 10,084 votes were rejected.

In Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu won a second term, scoring 261,127 votes.

However, APC and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state rejected both the process and the outcome of the election.

In Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel of the PDP won the gubernatorial election in the state. Emmanuel won in 30 out of the 31 LGs with 519, 712 votes to defeat his rival, Nsima Ekere of the APC who had 171, 978 votes.

The governor was declared winner of the elections by the collation officer in the state, Prof. Osasere Orumwense.

Oyo State saw the emergence of PDP’s Seyi Makinde as the winner, polling 515, 621 votes to beat Adebayo Adelabu of APC, who got 348, 258 votes.

Makinde won in 28 local government areas of the state, while Adelabu won in five LGs. The state is being taken away from the APC, with Governor Abiola Ajimobi finishing his second tenure in May.

In Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the PDP was declared the winner of the governorship election by polling 449,935 votes to defeat Ayogu Eze of the APC who polled 10,423 votes.

In Niger State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of the APC as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the State.

The returning officer, Prof. Angela Miri, who is the Vice Chancellor Federal University Lokoja, said Bello was re-elected with 526,412 votes, while his challenger, Umar Nasko of PDP, polled 298,065 votes.

In Katsina State, Governor Aminu Masari was re-elected with 1,178,864 votes as against the 488,621 votes scored by PDP’s Yakubu Lado.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the state governorship election, Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, while declaring the results, said 13 out of the 18 parties have signed the results.

In Nasarawa State, APC’s Engr Abdullahi Sule was declared winner earlier today. He scored 327,229 to defeat 28 other candidate to defeat David Ombugadu of PDP who scored 184,281 votes.

The governorship election results in Yobe State showed that Mai Mala Buni of the APC polled 444,013 votes to defeat PDP’s Amb Umar Iliya Damagum, who scored 95,703 votes.

In Ogun State, INEC declared APC’s Prince Dapo Abiodun as the winner of the Saturday’s election in the state.

The Returning Officer, Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka, who announced the final result at INEC office, Abeokuta, said Abiodun polled 241,670 to defeat his rival and candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade who had 222, 153 votes.

Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) polled 110, 422 votes; Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 70, 290 votes, while Dimeji Bankole of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) scored 9, 666 votes.

The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State and its gubernatorial candidate Adekunle Akinlade rejected results, citing alleged manipulation of results.

However, the Chairman of APC in the state, Yemi Sanusi noted that APM’s rejection means “acceptance of defeat”, saying the victory of APC was long expected.

In Borno State, APC’s Professor Babagana Zulum is leading in the ongoing collation of results after winning 24 of the 27 LGs so far declared at the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri.

The results indicated that Zulum garnered more votes than his closest opponent, Muhammad Imam, of the PDP.

Results from three local government areas are expected to be declared today at 10am.

Kano

In Kano state results of 43 out of the 44 LGAs in the state were presented by the INEC Returning Officer at the state collation yesterday.

Abba Kabir Yusuf of the PDP is contesting against the incumbent governor and candidate of the APC Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Currently, PDP now polled 960,004 votes as against APC’s 953,522 votes.

Thus, PDP is leading with a margin of 6,482 votes in the state.

Only that of Nasarawa local government area is yet to be presented, our reporter observed.

The session has gone on break to resume by 4am for continuation of the collation exercise.

Kaduna

In Kaduna State, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai and the APC candidate last night leading with about 20, 000 votes after collation of results from 20 Local Government Areas, with three left for annoubncement today. But the state chapter of the PDP has kicked against the result, alleging fraud and irregularities.

Benue

The governorship candidate of the PDP in Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, has won in nine of the 19 LGAs result declared as of the time of filing this report.

From the result so far announced on Sunday at the state headquarters of INEC in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, Ortom scored over 300,000 votes, while his closest rival, Mr Emmanuel Jime of the APC, won in 10 LGAs with a total votes of over 270,000.

The results of four remaining LGs were being awaited as of the time of filing the report.

For Adamawa, Sokoto, Bauchi, and Plateau States the elections were inconclusive, according the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC). However, the PDP candidates were leading as at the time the elections were halted.

Sokoto

INEC has announced results of 20 out of 23 LGAs of Sokoto State. In the results declared so far, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP won in 12 out of the 20 LGAs while the APC was leading in eight LGAs.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tambuwal polled a total of 429, 526 votes while Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the APC scored 416, 082 votes in the declared results from the 20 LGAs received.

Bauchi

The governorship election of Bauchi State has also been declared inconclusive.

The Returning Officer for the state, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, made the announcement at exactly 12am on Tuesday.

He said that the total registered voters were 2, 323, 603, while the accredited voters stood at 1, 056, 729.

According to him, the candidate of the PDP, Bala Mohammed, got 469, 512 votes to defeat Governor Mohammed Abubabakar of the APC, who scored 465, 453 votes.

He added that the total valid votes are 1, 026, 901, the number of rejected votes was 21, 419 while the number of total votes cast was 1, 048, 220.

Kyari of the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, said he declared the poll inconclusive because the margin of lead between the PDP and the APC candidates was 4, 059 votes.

He added, “Secondly, the number of cancelled votes even without that of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area which he had earlier cancelled was 45, 312.

“Thirdly, the total number of registered voters in the affected areas is 139, 240.

“Therefore, based on Section 26 Part 53 of the Electoral Act, I hereby declare this result inconclusive.”

He therefore directed INEC to immediately conduct a re-run in the affected areas within 21 days.

Adamawa

INEC has likewise declared Adamawa State governorship election, inconclusive.

This was announced by the state returning officer, Professor Andrew Haruna, who said the inconclusive declaration was necessitated by the margin of votes between the two top candidates which is lesser than total votes voided in about 40 polling units.

The returning officer said there are 40,988 votes that were cancelled in 44 polling units across the state.

“The margin of lead is 32,476; and going by the margin of lead which is backed up by law in the INEC Regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections,” said Mr Haruna.

He cited INEC laws that sanctioned his action.

“In page 17 paragraph C of the Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections on the margin of lead principle state that where the margin of lead between the two leading candidates in an election is not in excess of the total number of voters registered in polling units where elections are not counted or voided, in line with Section 26 and 53 of Electoral Act, the Returning officer shall decline to make a return until votes have taken place in the affected polling units and the results collated in to the relevant forms for declaration and return.

“This is the margin of lead principle and shall apply wherever necessary in making returns in all elections to which this Regulations and Guidelines apply.”

The returning officer thereby declared that, “Looking at the total number of votes which has been harvested from the total number of voters registered in the 44 Polling Units, in the 29 Registration Areas, the Margin of Lead Principle should apply.

“And, therefore, I declare this exercise inconclusive.”

INEC Suspends Election in Rivers Indefinitely, PDP Kicks

In Rivers State, INEC has suspended the entire electoral process due to widespread disruption of the governorship and the State House of Assembly elections in the state.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, said in a statement that based on reports from its officials on the field, the elections in the state, had been suspended.

He said: “The INEC has determined that there has been widespread disruption of elections conducted on the 9th March 2019 in Rivers State.

“These initial reports suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres, staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons. In addition, the safety of our staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state and the commission is concerned about the credibility of the process,” Okoye said.

“Consequently, at a meeting held 10th March, 2019, the commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the state until further notice. This is in line with Section 26 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and clause 47(e) of the Regulations and Guidelines of the commission,” he added.

But the PDP has charged INEC to immediately declare the result of the election in the state. The party stated this while rejecting the decision by the commission to suspend the electoral process in the state after results had been collated.

The PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that “this is a premeditated plan by the APC-led federal government to use the instrument of INEC and security agencies to truncate the wishes of the Rivers people as already delivered at the polling units.”

 

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