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Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2019

PDP kicks as INEC suspends Rivers guber, assembly polls

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•APC, PDP in tight race across states
•APC wins in Kwara, Kaduna, Katisna, Kebbi, Jigawa, Lagos, Gombe
•PDP sweeps Adamawa, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia

By Ali Alkali, Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja, Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina, Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse,Yakubu Mustapha, Minna, Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi, Uche Uche, Damaturu, David Hassan, Gombe, Oluseyi Dasilva Ilorin, Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja, Nosa Akenzua, Asaba, Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it called ‘the treasonable confiscation of the Rivers state governorship election results by soldiers’ and has thus demanded the immediate release to avert serious crisis in the state.
The leading opposition party made the condemnation in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary/Director, Media and Publicity of PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
The PDP said it completely reviled this subversive act by soldiers, who seized and diverted the results to an army barrack in Port Harcourt.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State until further notice.
The decision, the commission pointed out, was as a result of widespread disruption of the governorship and State House of Assembly elections conducted on Saturday in the State.
The suspension was confirmed in a press statement signed by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye yesterday.
INEC explained that the action 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.
The electoral body stated that initial reports available to it suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres, while staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorized persons.
In addition, INEC pointed out that the safety of its staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state, while the Commission is also concerned about the credibility of the process.
The Commission has also established a Fact-Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.
It, therefore, appealed to the people of the State, particularly the voters, for their understanding as the commission looks into the circumstances of these disruptions and what further action needs to be taken.
As INEC continue to release results of the Saturday governorship and state assemblies’ elections across the nation, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seem to be in tight race for the mandate of the people.
At the time of filing this report, APC was declared winner in Kwara, Kaduna, Katisna, Kebbi, Jigawa, Lagos and Gombe; while PDP emerged victorious in Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia.
Kwara: The Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Malam Garba Attahiru Madami has declared Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrahman, All Progressives Congress candidate as winner of the governorship elections in Kwara State beating his closest competitor, Hon. Razak Atunwa of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, the APC candidate polled 331,546 votes while his closest competitor, the PDP candidate polled 114, 754 votes.
Katsina: In Katsina, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the APC candidate has won in 29 LGs in the Governorship and state Assembly elections in the state
Prof. Abdullahi Abdulmumini, VC UDUS and state Governorship elections returning officer made the declaration at the collation centre in Katsina, yesterday.
Reports revealed that out of the 34 councils in the state, the APC has won in 29 LGs so far announced.
Jigawa: In Jigawa State, INEC declared the gubernatorial candidate of APC, Governor Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru as winner of the last Saturday election and new governor-elected for second term.
Declaring the result, the INEC returning officer I Jigawa state, Professor Azubuke Sunny Nwanko of Nigerian defence Academy said Muhammadu Abubakar Badaru of All Progressive Congress scored 810,933 votes, while Malam Aminu Ibrahim Ringim of Peoples Democratic Party scored total of 288,356 votes.
Kebbi: Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of All Progressives Congress (APC) was also declared winner of the Saturday Governorship election after defeating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Senator Issa Galadu with 673,717 while PDP with 106,633.
Declaring the results yesterday at the collation center of the Waziri Umar Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi, the collation officer of the election, Prof. Haruna Bichi, said that Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu has been declared winner haven meet the requirements of the INEC. He added that Atiku of APC scored 673,717 votes while Issa Galadu scored 106,633 vote.
Gombe: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also declared APC winner in Gombe State.
Announcing the result at the INEC collation center in Gombe, through returning officer Prof. Saminu Abdulraman, Vice-chancellor Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, said with the power vested on him he has declared Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress APC winner of the just concluded governorship election who poll out with 364, 179 to beat his rival Sen. Bayero Nafada of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored 22,2868 votes.
He said having satisfied with the requirements Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya is declared the winner and return elected.
Kogi: In Kogi State, the ruling APC has cleared virtually all the state assembly seats.
In a statement signed by the head of voter education of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Mr. Biambo Bagudu and made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, the APC won all the 22 out of the 25 seats so far declared by the electoral umpire.
Seven of the incumbent lawmakers, including the speaker of the state assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole won with overwhelming majority.
The head of the voter education however disclosed that election into Mopa/Muro state constituency which was rescheduled for yesterday was ongoing at the time of filing this report, even as the Peoples Democratic Party in the area was said to have withdrew from the contest.
Niger: The incumbent Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 24 out of 25 local governments areas.
The results were collated by INEC in Minna by the collation officer for the state, Prof. Angela Miri, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Lokoja, Kogi.
Dr Jacob Tsado of FUT Minna collation officer for Agaie Local Government Area announced that Bello as polling 19,295 votes while Umar Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 16,903 votes in the area.
Prof. O. Emmanuel of Federal University of Technology Minna, collation officer for Mashegu LGA announced that Bello got 18,102 votes while Nasko scored 10,988 votes in the area.
Prof. Bisi Ayanwale of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, who is also the collation officer for Mariga LGA said Bello scored 17,890 while Nasko scored 13,433 votes.
Lagos: In Lagos State, the candidate of the APC, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, has emerged winner, beating Jimi Agbaje of the PDP with 533,304 votes.
For Agbaje, the margin of loss was higher than what he recorded in 2015, when he lost to outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. He then polled 659,738 votes to Ambode’s 812,394
Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University and State Returning Officer for Lagos governorship election, said that Sanwo-olu polled 739, 445 votes to defeat Agbaje who scored 206, 141 votes.
Sanwo-olu won in all the local government results declared by INEC at the end of the exercise under the monitoring of party agents and security agencies.
Ogunbodede declared Sanwo-Olu the winner at the end of the collation at exactly 8:40 p.m.
Lagos has 6,505,512 registered voters. However, only 1,006, 074 voters were accredited. The number of valid votes was 977, 476, rejected votes 21,239 and the total votes cast 998, 715.
Kaduna: In Kaduna State, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had won in seven out of the 11 Local Government Areas in the results so far released by INEC for the governorship election held on Saturday.
Prof. Mohammed Yahuza Bello, the Collation Officer for the Governorship Poll in Kaduna State, announced the result at the state collation center in Kaduna.
El-Rufai won in Ikara, Kubau, Makarfi, Kudan, Giwa, Kauru and Soba local government areas , while the opposition PDP trailed with four local government areas, including Kajuru,Kaura, Jaba and Kachia LGAs.
Yobe: In Yobe, with results already released for the governorship election in the state, as verified by INEC national election returning officer, Professor Abubakar Musa Kundiri, the APC candidate, Mai Mala Buni was leading with a total number of 377,076 votes, while PDP is trailing with 73,007 votes in fourteen out of the seventeen local government areas of the state.
Enugu: In Enugu State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the governorship poll in 10 local government areas declared so far at the INEC State Headquarters, Enugu.
Enugu State is made up of 17 local government areas.
NAN reports that the ongoing collation exercise was presided over by Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, the State Collation Officer. The council areas declared were; Enugu North, Udi, Nsukka, Oji River, Udenu, Aninri, Agwu, Ezeagu, Nkanu West and Igbo Etitie.
Ebonyi: The Ebonyi State Governor, Mr. David Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won in all the 13 local government areas in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state.
PDP has won all the 24 seats of the state House of Assembly as declared in each of the constituencies in the state.
In a landslide victory, Umahi won in the 13 local government areas in the state to beat his main challenger and APC governorship candidate, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji.
Adamawa: At the time of writing this report, the candidate of the PDP in Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, was ahead of incumbent Gov. Muhammadu Bindow, as INEC announced the results of 17 out of 21 local government areas in the state.
Fintiri was leading with 308,356 votes, while Bindow had 288,443 votes.
The results, announced at the Governorship Collation Centre in Yola before the Returning Officer, Prof. Andrew Haruna, indicated that Fintiri won in Mayo-Belwa, Yola North, Song, Michika, Numan, Guyuk, Jada, Lamurde and Demsa Local Government Areas.
Bindow clinched Shelleng, Yola South, Girei, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Fufore, Ganye and Maiha Local Government Areas.
The results from remaining four local government areas of the state are being awaited.
Abia: In Abia State the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
The INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Benjamin Ozurumba, on Sunday said that Ikpeazu scored 261,127 votes to win the poll. He defeated Uchechukwu Ogah of the All Progressives Congress who polled 99,574 votes.
Sokoto: Sokoto State Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was (at the time of writing this report) slightly leading his challenger by fewer than 5,000 votes after the results in six local government areas were declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Tambuwal won five of the councils, while Ahmadu Aliyu, a former deputy governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress won in one council.
Cumulatively, Tambuwal has 95,066 votes, as against 90,809 for Aliyu.

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