Yahaya Bello, Supporters Jubilate Over Kogi Election Victory

PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV (November 18, 2019).

 

Jubilation is in the air at the Kogi State Government House as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello, has been re-elected.

Governor Bello was returned elected on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having scored the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, made the declaration at the INEC office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.


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The APC candidate polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.

See photos of the Governor and his supporters jubilating at the State House.

Collation Of Results For Bayelsa Governorship Election

 

A day after the residents of Bayelsa and Kogi States cast their ballots in the governorship elections in both states, voters are awaiting the results to know who will govern them for the next four years.

Results from the elections which held on Saturday have started trickling in at the collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the two states.

While this post focuses on the results being collated in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, CLICK HERE for the results announced so far for the governorship election in Kogi State.

The Returning Officer is Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State.


Thank you for staying with us.


S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL


1:02 AM: INEC declares the APC candidate, Mr David Lyon, as winner of the election. READ HERE 


10:28 PM

Ekeremor LGA

APC – 21,489
PDP – 18,344


8:30 PM

Southern Ijaw LGA

APC – 124,803

PDP – 4,898


6:10 PM

Ogbia LGA
APC: 58,016
PDP: 13,763


5:40 PM

Yenagoa LGA
APC: 24,607
PDP: 19,184


5:15 PM

Brass LGA
APC: 23,831
PDP: 10,410


4:52 PM

Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA
APC: 8,934
PDP: 15,360


4:22 PM

Nembe LGA
APC: 83,041
PDP: 874


4:01 PM: A party agent alleges that there was no election in Sagbama LGA. He says there was no electoral material at a ward in Agbere until 6pm and the police were informed.

 


03:51 PM

Sagbama LGA

APC: 7,831

PDP: 60,339

 

LIVE: Collation Of Results For Kogi Governorship Election

 

A day after the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, voters are awaiting the outcomes to know who will govern the states for the next four years.

In both states, results have started trickling in at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collation centres.

Catch up on the details of the keenly contested elections here.

Stay with us for live updates on the results.


 

See the table of results of the KOGI GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION announced so far below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL


7:27 PM: INEC’s Returning Officer, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announces that collation of results will continue on Monday.

READ MORE: INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday


06:53 PM

Dekina LGA

APC – 8,948

PDP – 16,575

SDP – 321


04:15 PM

Bassa LGA

APC – 8,386

PDP – 9,724

SDP – 269


04:02 PM

Ofu LGA

APC – 11,006

PDP – 12,264

SDP – 531


03:39 PM:

Ankpa LGA

APC – 11,269

PDP – 28,108

SDP – 399


15:38 pm

Collation of results resumes.


14: 30pm

The Collation Center goes on an hour break. Meanwhile, collation of results is yet to commence for Bayelsa State.

14:24 pm

Yagba West

APC – 7,868

PDP – 8,860

SDP – 211

The Returning Officer reported that there was one case of ballot snatching.


14:05 pm

Olamaboro LGA

APC – 16,876

PDP – 8,155

SDP – 262


13:51 pm

Idah LGA

APC – 4,602

PDP – 13,962

SDP – 221

The Returning Officer stated that there were irregularities such as over-voting and card reader malfunction in some units.


 

13:39 pm:

Ajaokuta LGA

APC – 17952

PDP – 5,565

SDP – 323

 


13:33 pm

Mopa-muro LGA

APC – 4,953

PDP – 3,581

SDP – 95


13:17 pm

Okehi LGA

APC – 36,954

PDP – 478

SDP – 3,095


12:49 pm

Kabba/Bunu

Collation Officer returns to reannounce with results. He says there were some issues in about seven wards.

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364


12:40 pm

Yagba East LGA

APC – 6,735

PDP – 7,546

SDP – 220


12:32 pm:

Koton Karfe LGA

APC – 14,097

PDP – 9,404

SDP – 657


12:07 pm:

Kabba/Bunu

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364

The collation officer was, however, stopped from announcing further results and asked to go and reconcile figures for his summary.


11:48 am

Okene LGA

APC – 112,762

PDP – 139

SDP – 50


11:34 am: 

Igala Mela/Odolu

APC – 8,075

PDP – 11,195

SDP – 208


11:16 am

Adavi LGA

APC – 64,657

PDP – 366

SDP – 279

PDP agent rejected the results on the basis that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is ‘false’.


11:06 am

Omala LGA

APC – 8,473

PDP – 14,403

SDP – 567

According to the Returning Officer, results were cancelled in five Registration Areas due to violence and disruption of the electoral process and threats to life.


10:57: am

Ijumu LGA

APC – 11,425

PDP – 7, 587

SDP – 223

The Returning Officer reported cases of violence and card reader malfunction.


10:45 am

Ogori-Magongo LGA

APC – 3,679

PDP – 2,145

SDP – 244

According to the Returning Officer, elections were peaceful in this LG.


 

9:30 am: Results for Kogi gov election start arriving at Collation Centre

KOGI STATE


 

The Situation In Kogi More Challenging Than Bayelsa – Police PRO

 

The police have lamented that the violence in Kogi State during the governorship elections was worse than that of Bayelsa State.

Elections had been disrupted in Ward 2, Lokoja, after gunshots were fired into the air by suspected thugs.

They also made away with ballot boxes, even as electorates scampered for safety.

Speaking about the situation during an appearance on Channels TV’s special election programme, the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, noted that although some of the incidences had been identified in the threat analysis and preventive measures were taken, a lot of things are still beyond the control of the security agencies.

He, however, explained that if the public knew the level of threat that was detected as well as the amount of work that went into identifying, isolating and neutralising a lot of the threat they would appreciate the efforts of the security agencies.

According to him, the fact that there were incidences of some isolated cases of violence should “not distract from the heavy investments and amount of work (they) have done”.

“The situation in Kogi has actually been very challenging, more challenging than the situation in Bayelsa,” he said.

“The truth, however, is that we saw a great deal of this in the threat analysis we conducted earlier and we actually took a lot of measures and strategic steps to isolate and neutralise some of these problems”.

Speaking further, he blamed some of the electoral malpractices and violence on politicians who play very desperate games.


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According to Mba, despite being armed, the security agencies have to exercise maximum restraint in order not to harm innocent citizens.

“When you are policing an environment where politicians play very desperate games, where politicians believe in winning at all cost, where they do not believe in the rule of law or political process, you will constantly be swimming against the tide and of course you understand that as police officers, we can never behave like thugs.

“As much as we are armed, we believe first and foremost that our weapons are given to us by the state to preserve our citizens and so even when we are responding to incidents at the polling stations, we are conscious of the fact that we need to exercise maximum restraint.

“We need to exercise a lot of due care and diligence to ensure that in trying to stop the thugs, stop the law breakers, we do not bring the innocent into harm’s way”.

Bayelsa, Kogi Governorship Elections In Photos

 

Residents of Bayelsa and Kogi States on Saturday (November 16), came out in their numbers to vote who will govern them for the next four years.

In Bayelsa, 45 candidates were in the governorship race, with Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the top contenders.

The race is expected to produce a successor to Governor Seriake Dickson who is in the final months of his second term.

Read Also: Bayelsa, Kogi Governorship Elections – Over 20 Parties Vie For Power

In Kogi State, 24 candidates were in the race with Governor Yahaya Bello of the APC seeking re-election, and Musa Wada of the PDP as top contenders.

See photos below.

LIVE UPDATES: Bayelsa, Kogi Governorship Elections


Residents of Bayelsa and Kogi states are awaiting the outcomes of the elections to choose who will govern the states for the next four years.

In Bayelsa, 45 candidates are in the governorship race, according to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are believed to be the top contenders in the race.

The race is expected to produce a successor to Governor Seriake Dickson who is in the final months of his second term.

In Kogi, a tight race is expected, involving 24 candidates.

It is a heated race with Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking re-election, while Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, the younger brother of the man Bello and his party ousted from power four years ago, is a leading candidate to stop the governor and reclaim the seat for the opposition party.


Sensitive materials displayed inside the INEC office in Lokoja. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun: Channels TV

 


The build-up to the election has been dramatic and sometimes violent.

Just on Thursday, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Natasha Akpoti, was attacked outside the venue of a meeting between stakeholders and the Inspector General of the Police and the INEC Chairman.

An added dimension to today’s election in Kogi is the Senatorial election rerun in Kogi West which pits old foes Dino Melaye of the PDP and Smart Adeyemi of the APC against each other once again.

Melaye had ousted Adeyemi from the Senate as a member of the APC in 2015.

At the time, Adeyemi was a member of the PDP.

Both men later switched camps with Melaye being declared winner of the February 23, 2019 election in the district, a declaration the court later nullified and called for fresh elections.

Ahead of the elections, President Muhammadu Buhari called for fairness and transparency and the IGP promised to ensure peace so the people can vote.

Opposition party leaders, however, expressed fears about whether the votes would be peaceful and fair.

Channels TV reporters are on the ground to keep you updated about happenings in both states. Stay with us and keep refreshing this page for fresh updates.


 

5:26 PM: Officials prepare for the collation of election results at the INEC Headquarters in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.


5:20 PM: Officials prepare for the collation of election results at the INEC Headquarters in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.


3:30 PM: Soldiers parade Lokoja-Okene Expressway following violent attacks on some polling units in the Kogi State capital.


3:06 PM: Counting of votes is underway at Polling Unit 017 in Epie III in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.


1:20 PM: Suspected thugs destroy electoral materials at Ward 8 in INEC’s Registration Area Centre (RAC) in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa.


VIDEOS



12:40 PM: Gunmen attack and disrupt voting at Iluafor Ward polling unit 002 in Kogi State.


12:10 PM: The APC candidate in Bayelsa, David Lyon, has just voted at Olugbobiri in Southern Ijaw LGA.


12:03 PM: Suspected thugs have disrupted the exercise at Ayetoro II Polling Unit 003 in Kogi West.

The polling unit is located very close to the NSCDC office in the area.


Here are some tweets below


 


11:11 AM: SDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Natasha Akpoti, casts her vote at Polling Unit 19 Ward 1 in Obeiba Ihima Okehi LGA of Kogi State.


Meanwhile, suspected thugs have attempted to snatch ballot papers in the Odu-Ogboyaga Ward 1 of Dekina Local Government Area in Kogi State, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Musa Wada cast his vote.

The thugs were, however, confronted by youths and security officials who threw stones at them to secure the electoral materials. READ…

Suspected Thugs Storm Kogi PDP Governorship Candidate’s Polling Unit

 


10: 50AM: Electoral officials and materials are yet to arrive at the polling units in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown, Otuoke in Bayelsa State.

10:41 AM: Senator Smart Adeyemi has just arrived at Ijumu Iyara 002 polling unit where he is expected to cast his vote.

Senator Smart Adeyemi arrives at his polling unit to cast his vote.

He has joined the queue, waiting to get accredited and cast his vote.

10:30 AM: Some wards and units were merged together in Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa State because some communities were flooded.


10:15 AM: Voting going on smoothly at Amule polling unit in Lokoja, Kogi State.


10:10 AM: PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate, Senator Lawrence Ewrhujakpor, casts his vote at Ofoni Community in Bayelsa State.

PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate in Bayelsa, Senator Lawrence Ewrhujakpor, casts his vote.


9:47 AM: In Brass Constituency I in Bayelsa, distribution of materials to the various polling units started at about 7am.

Accreditation has begun but voting is yet to commence in Polling Units 7 and 3 in Ward One.


9:40AM: Accreditation process is about to commence at Unit 013 in Epie III, Amarata in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.


9:14 AM: Senator Dino Melaye casts his ballot after he was accredited.

According to him, he got information that some areas in his ward were being attacked by thugs and has informed the police.

 


8:49 AM: Governor Yahaya Bello and his wife, Aminat, get accredited at a polling unit in Agasa in Okene LGA of Kogi State.

He hails INEC for the conduct of the poll.

Governor Yahaya Bello and his wife cast their votes at a polling unit in Okene.


8:46 AM: Accreditation has started and there is no issue reported with the smart card reader at Ward 4 in Odoware Town Hall in Bayelsa State.

Security operatives are also present while pregnant women and the elderly are being given preference at the ward.

8:42 AM: At ward 6 in Epie in Bayelsa, there is a delay as electoral officials are yet to arrive with the materials for the exercise. Voting and accreditation have yet to commence.

8:35 AM: Card reader malfunction was reported at Polling Unit 8 in Ward 4 in Nembe LGA of Bayelsa State. However, an electoral official is addressing the issue.

8:30 AM: There are four electoral officials and three security operatives present as accreditation and voting commenced at a polling unit in Okpoama in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State.

The exercise is said to be going on smoothly.

8:28 AM: Accreditation and voting have commenced at a polling unit in Gboloko Ward in Bassa LGA of Kogi State.

There are eight security operatives present, comprising men of the police, NSCDC, and Nigeria Customs Service.


Meanwhile, some voters in Kogi West senatorial district are gradually coming out to cast their ballot for the governorship and senatorial elections.

Others arrived very early at the Ajayi Crowther Memorial School in Lokoja, waiting to vote for the candidates of their choice as electoral officials prepare for the exercise.

See some photos below:

 


8:24 AM: Suspected thugs said to have disrupted exercise in Omala LGA in Kogi State.


8:15 AM: Channels TV correspondent, Kayla Megwa, gives updates from Lokoja, Kogi State capital. She says there was a delay as a result of the late arrival of security personnel.

Channels TV correspondent, Kayla Megwa.

She adds that INEC ad-hoc staff arrived at their duty posts very early and were ready to deploy materials across the state but no security operative was attached to them.

Ajayi Crowther Primary School in Lokoja, according to here, is one of the biggest polling units in Lokoja and security operatives arrived at about a few minutes to 8am and voting has yet to commence.


7:42 AM: Electoral officials and materials set to be deployed to various polling units following the arrival of security personnel in Ajayi Crowther Primary School in Lokoja A (Kogi State).


7:33 AM: Yenagoa: In the Bayelsa State capital, INEC officials are setting up polling units for voting.

Here are some photos below:


7:29 AM: The Ajayi Crowther Primary School in Lokoja A (Kogi State) has 27 polling units 100 voting points 49,374 registered voters.

There are only two security officers deployed there from Friday and the electoral officials are unable to deploy to the polling units due to the absence of security personnel to accompany them and the materials.

Governorship Election: Tribunal Upholds Lalong’s Victory

 

The Plateau State Election Tribunal has upheld the election victory of Simon Lalong as the governor of the state.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, Justice Halimat Saleeman, in a unanimous decision of the tribunal threw out the petitioner’s case on the grounds that the petition is weak along the line of law and therefore cannot sway justice to the side of the petitioner.

The petition was therefore dismissed in its entirety and the declaration of Simon Lalong by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the Governorship election became valid.

INEC ‘Withdraws All Powers’ From REC Who ‘Resigned’ To Join Bayelsa Governorship Race

A file photo of Dr Frankland Briyai.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has withdrawn all powers delegated to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River State, Dr Frankland Briyai.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The statement was issued a day after Dr Briyai addressed reporters in Calabar, where he declared to contest for the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

He had also announced his resignation as a Resident Electoral Commissioner, saying he would run on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 poll.

READ ALSO: ‘We Do Not Have Power To Sack A REC’, INEC Clarifies Statement On Briyai’s ‘Resignation’

Okoye, however, said INEC has yet to receive any resignation letter from the REC, in line with the provisions of the Constitution.

According to him, Dr Briyai failed to follow laid down procedure for resignation as such can only take effect on receipt of the resignation letter by the appointing authority.

The National Commissioner also condemned the use of the premises of the electoral body for expression of political interest, saying it was unlawful.

He, therefore, noted that INEC’s administrative secretary in the state has been directed to take over the responsibilities of the REC until further notice.

Read the full statement from the electoral umpire below:

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Cross River State of INEC, Dr Frankland Briyai yesterday addressed the media to the effect that he has resigned his position as REC with effect from August 8, 2019, and joined a political party on whose platform he intends to contest the November 16, 2019 governorship Election in Bayelsa State.

Although this was done at the commission’s Cross River State office in Calabar, the commission is yet to receive any communication on this from Dr Briyai.

The commission strongly frowns at the REC’s expression of partisan interest. We note that the Constitution precludes National and Resident Electoral Commissioners from belonging to political parties.

Also, the use of INEC premises and facilities for such declaration or for any political purpose is unlawful and contrary to the Code of Conduct subscribed to by all INEC officials.

Dr Briyai failed to follow laid down procedure for resignation as REC. Section 306(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides that the resignation of such appointment takes effect on receipt of the letter of resignation by the appointing authority – in this case, the President.

We are not aware that he has tendered his resignation to the appointing authority and the commission has not received any resignation letter as he claimed.

Following his actions and based on the constitution, the commission has withdrawn all powers and functions delegated to Dr Briyai as Resident Electoral Commissioner.

Consequently, the Administrative Secretary of INEC Cross River State has been directed to oversee the office and take over the functions and duties of the REC until further notice.

Kogi Polls: APC Receives Petitions Against Indirect Primaries

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that is has received petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State kicking against Indirect Primaries adopted for the election of the Party’s candidate for the forthcoming Governorship election in the state.

According to a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party will look at the merit of the petitions and come out with a position in due course.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has received petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State in reaction to Indirect Primaries adopted for the election of the Party’s candidate for the forthcoming Governorship election in the state.

“The NWC will look at the merit of the petitions in line with the Party’s constitution and come out with a position in due course.”

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He added that the party’s constitution “provides for three modes of primaries to elect Party candidates – Indirect, Direct Primaries and consensus – depending on the peculiarities of the state and preferences of the stakeholders in respective elections.”

Mr Issa-Onilu stated that the NWC will be guided by the rules of the party.

INEC Declares PDP’s Mattawalle Winner Of Zamfara Gov Election

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bello Mattawalle, winner of the Zamfara State governorship election.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement at a press briefing on Saturday in Abuja.

He said Certificates of Return would be issued to the governor-elect, his deputy, three senators and seven reps-elect in Abuja on Monday.

Read Also: Supreme Court Sacks Zamfara APC Candidates, Says Party Held No Primaries

The declaration follows the Supreme Court’s judgment on Friday which nullified the victory of all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election held on March 9, 2019.

According to the court, the APC failed to conduct primaries in the state and consequently, all votes cast in the state were wasted votes.

Read the full speech of the INEC Chairman below.

TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON. CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CANDIDATES OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) IN THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN ZAMFARA STATE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON SATURDAY 25TH MAY 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen

1. First, let me welcome all of you to this Press Conference. The reason for addressing you today is to provide an update on the recent decision of the Supreme Court regarding the candidates fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State for the 2019 general elections.

2. It is important to provide a background to the legal process that culminated in the Supreme Court decision on 24th May 2019. You may all recall that the Commission issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections on 9th January 2018, over one year in advance. Among other activities, the conduct of party primaries was scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018. Unfortunately, the APC did not conduct its primaries in Zamfara State within this stipulated time and the Commission duly informed the party that it would not be in a position to present candidates for elections in the State. Subsequently, various interested parties, including the APC itself, approached the court over the decision of the Commission. Just before the election, the subsisting court judgment at the time ordered the Commission to include the APC on the ballot for the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections, which the Commission complied with.

3. However, since the elections were completed, a Court of Appeal judgment and now a Supreme Court judgment have determined that the APC did not conduct valid primaries for the elections in question. In its judgment delivered on 24th May 2019, the Supreme Court, having determined that the APC did not conduct valid primaries, said that the votes cast for the party in all the elections in question were “wasted” and ordered the Commission to recognize the runners-up as the winners. This judgment affects the positions of Governor and Deputy-Governor, three Senatorial, seven Federal and twenty-four State Assembly Constituencies.

4. Following the judgment of the Supreme Court, the Commission has met in two emergency sessions and taken briefings from our lawyers and staff on the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment. While the legislative elections (Senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly elections) are straight forward to deal with because they entail first-past-the-post or simple majority of votes, the Governorship election is determined not just by majority votes but also spread in accordance with Section 179 (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). This means that we had to first discount the votes cast for the APC at the elections and then carefully rework the spread by Local Government Areas based on the new valid votes.

5. In compliance with the Supreme Court judgment, the Commission has now determined the winners of the elections in Zamfara State as follows:

Governorship
S/N
POSITION
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
GENDER
PARTY
1. GOVERNOR BELLO MOHAMMED MATAWALLE, MALE, PDP
2. DEPUTY GOVERNOR
MAHDI ALIYU GUSAU,MALE, PDP.

Senatorial
S/N
NAME OF SENATORIAL DISTRICT
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
GENDER
PARTY
1
ZAMFARA NORTH
ALHAJI YA’U SAHABI
MALE
PDP
2
ZAMFARA CENTRAL
MOHAMMED HASSAN
MALE
PDP
3
ZAMFARA WEST
LAWALI HASSAN ANKA
MALE
PDP

House of Representatives
S/N
NAME OF FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
GENDER
PARTY
1
KAURAN NAMODA/BIRNIN MAGAJI
UMAR SANI DAN-GALADIMA
MALE
PDP
2
SHINKAFI/ZURMI
BELLO HASSAN SHINKAFI
MALE
PDP
3
GUSAU/TSAFE
KABIRU AMADU
MALE
PDP
4
BUNGUDU/MARU
SHEHU AHMED
MALE
PDP
5
ANKA/TALATA MAFARA
KABIRU YAHAYA
MALE
PDP
6
BAKURA/MARADUN
AHMED MUHAMMAD BAKURA
MALE
PDP
7
GUMMI/BUKKUYUM
SULAIMAN ABUBAKAR GUMI
MALE
PDP

State House of Assembly
S/N
NAME OF STATE CONSTITUENCY
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
GENDER
PARTY
1
KAURA NAMODA NORTH
ZAHARADEEN M. SADA
MALE
PDP
2
KAURA NAMODA SOUTH
ANAS SARKIN FADA
MALE
PDP
3
BIRNIN MAGAJI
NURA DAHIRU
MALE
PDP
4
ZURMI EAST
SALIHU USMAN ZURMI
MALE
PDP
5
ZURMI WEST
NASIRU MU’AZU
MALE
PDP
6
SHINKAFI
MUHAMMAD G. AHMAD
MALE
PDP
7
TSAFE EAST
MUSA BAWA MUSA
MALE
PDP
8
TSAFE WEST
ALIYU NA-MAIGORA
MALE
PDP
9
GUSAU EAST
IBRAHIM NAIDA
MALE
PDP
10
GUSAU WEST
SHAFI’U DAMA
MALE
PDP
11
BUNGUDU EAST
KABIRU MAGAJI
MALE
PDP
12
BUNGUDU WEST
NASIRU BELLO LAWAL
MALE
PDP
13
MARU NORTH
YUSUF ALHASSAN MUHAMMAD
MALE
PDP
14
MARU SOUTH
KABIRU HASHIMU
MALE
NRM
15
ANKA
YUSUF MUHAMMAD
MALE
PDP
16
TALATA MAFARA NORTH
SHAMSUDEEN HASSAN
MALE
PDP
17
TALATA MAFARA SOUTH
AMINU YUSUF JANGEBE
MALE
PDP
18
BAKURA
TUKUR JEKADA BIRNIN TUDU
MALE
PDP
19
MARADUN I
FARUK MUSA DOSARA
MALE
PDP
20
MARADUN II
NASIRU ATIKU
MALE
PDP
21
GUMMI I
ABDULNASIR IBRAHIM
MALE
PDP
22
GUMMI II
MANSUR MOHAMMED
MALE
PDP
23
BUKKUYUM NORTH
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED NA’IDDA
MALE
PDP
24
BUKKUYUM SOUTH
SANI DAHIRU
MALE
PDP

6. The Commission will issue Certificates of Return to the new winners as follows:

i. Governor and Deputy Governor-elect, Senators-elect and Members of the House of Representatives-elect will receive their certificates on Monday 27th May 2019 at the Commission’s Electoral Institute at 2.00pm.

ii. Members of the State House of Assembly-elect will receive their certificates from the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Zamfara State at the INEC State Office in Gusau on Friday 31st May 2019 at 10.00am.

7. I wish to seize this opportunity to draw the attention of all stakeholders, but particularly the political parties, to the implications of the Supreme Court judgment on the Zamfara matter. It is clear that properly conducted party primaries are cardinal to the proper internal functioning of political parties, the electoral process and our democratic system at large. Therefore, political parties must take very seriously the conduct of primaries according to all extant rules, including the monitoring of the processes by INEC to avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience. I want therefore to remind us that the Commission has since 9th April 2019 issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 Bayelsa and Kogi Governorship elections by which party primaries are scheduled to hold between the 2ndand 29th August 2019. I appeal to political parties intending to field candidates in the elections to adhere strictly to this and other timelines in the Timetable and Schedule of activities.

8. I thank you very much and I will now take some questions.

INEC To Hold Governorship Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa On Nov 2

INEC To Hold Governorship Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa On Nov 2
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, briefs the media about preparations for the elections in Abuja on Friday, February 22, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 2, 2019, to conduct governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Information, Mr Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement followed a meeting of the electoral body at its headquarters in Abuja where it approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the elections.

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INEC explained that the official notice for both elections would be issued on August 1 while various political parties who intended to field candidates would conduct their primaries from August 2-29.

It disclosed that it has fixed August 2 for the commencement of campaigns by political parties and would end on October 31.

The commission said the political parties sponsoring candidates in the polls must submit the list of their agents for the exercise not later than October 2.

It noted that the timelines were in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), as well as the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

INEC urged all stakeholders in the coming elections to take cognisance of its timetable and schedule of activities and adhere strictly to them.

The date for the polls was fixed following the just concluded 2019 general elections.

The commission conducted the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23 while that of Governorship and State House of Assembly were conducted on March 9.

The governorship elections held in 29 states in the country.

Those, however, excluded were Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Anambra, and Edo States.

Read the full statement from INEC below:

Gombe Governorship Election Tribunal Receives Three Petitions

 

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Gombe State has received three petitions following the governorship election in the state.

The Tribunal received the petitions on Monday at the inaugural session in Gombe, the state capital.

Those who filed the petitions at the Tribunal are Adamu Jungudo, Muhammad Ibrahim, and Aliyu Adamu.

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Listed as the first respondents in all three petitions is the governor-elect of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Muhammad Yahaya.

The petitions were three ex parte motions seeking court leave to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the petitioners access to physically inspect all materials used in the election and to have certified true copies of the documents.

They also sought an order of the Tribunal for substituted service on the first respondent, Mr Yahaya.

The Tribunal is sitting barely one month after INEC declared the APC candidate as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in Gombe.

According to the results announced on March 10, Yahaya polled 364,179 votes to defeat Senator Bayero Nadafa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 222,868 votes.