Traditional Rulers Congratulate El-rufai On Re-election, Urge Him to Tackle Insecurity

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Traditional Rulers from the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State have congratulated Nasir El-rufai on his re-election for a second term.

Led by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, the traditional rulers who visited him at the Government House, also called on the governor to do more in tackling the security challenges confronting some parts of the state.

They described his re-election as a testimony of his impressive performance since his assumption into office in 2015, especially in the areas of infrastructure and human capital development.

Some others say his victory was designed by God and therefore, should not be challenged by anyone.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on March 11, declared El-rufai winner of the Kaduna State Governorship election held on March 9.

He was declared re-elected having polled 1, 045,427 votes, to defeat Isah Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored a total number 814,168 votes.

Ashiru has, however, vowed to challenge the result of the election in court on the grounds that it was marred by massive irregularities.

INEC To Hold Adamawa Governorship Supplementary Election On Thursday

BREAKING: INEC To Hold Adamawa Governorship Supplementary Election On Thursday

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Thursday, March 28, 2019, to conduct the governorship supplementary election in Adamawa State.

The electoral body announced this on Tuesday via its verified Twitter handle.

It explained that the exercise would be conducted in 14 local government areas of the state, with a total of 40,988 registered voters.

According to INEC, the electorate will go to 44 polling units to take part in the exercise which will take place between 8 am and 2pm in 29 Registration Areas.

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INEC fixed the date shortly after an Adamawa State High Court has vacated an order restraining it from conducting the governorship supplementary election in 44 polling units in the state.

The exercise failed to hold in Adamawa as a result of a suit filed against INEC by the governorship candidate of the Movement for Restoration and Defence for Democracy (MRDD), Mustafa Shaba.

Shaba had sued the electoral body over the omission of his party’s logo on the electoral materials used in the March 9 governorship election.

Following the ruling of the court on the matter, INEC said it would announce the date for the governorship supplementary election before the close of work.

 

On March 11, the Returning Officer for the governorship election, Professor Andrew Haruna, declared the poll inconclusive while announcing the results at the collation centre in Yola, the state capital.

He explained that the margin of the lead of 32,476 between the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) was less than the 40,988 votes that were cancelled.

INEC had, thereafter, announced that it would conduct supplementary elections in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on March 23.

Although that of the state constituency held in Mayo Belwa and Hong Local Government Areas of Adamawa, the governorship supplementary poll failed to hold as a result of the previous court order.

INEC Declares Ganduje Winner Of Kano Governorship Election

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been re-elected as governor.

The Returning Officer, Bello Shehu, announced this on Sunday after Ganduje polled a total of 1,033,695 as against his closest rival, Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 1,024,713 after their votes from the supplementary election were added to that of the March 9 election.

The results come amidst reports of violence as hoodlums reportedly invaded about six Polling Units in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the area was targeted because of the huge number of voters there.

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INEC had on March 11, declared the governorship election in the state inconclusive, saying that the margin between the two leading parties (PDP and the APC) was not enough to declare a winner.

Incumbent governor Ganduje was about 27,000 votes behind when elections at more than 200 polling stations in the state were cancelled.

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (file photo)

But after a re-run in the affected areas on Saturday, the APC candidate won some 36,000 more votes than Yusuf.

The PDP has, however, rejected the results, saying its candidate, Abba K. Yusuf, is the rightful winner of the election.

In a statement, the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that its candidate had won the election since March 9, having fulfilled the constitutional requirement of securing the highest number of votes and the statutory 25% in two-thirds of the state.

Canada Says Nigeria’s Democratic System Needs To Be Strengthened

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The Canadian High Commission has called for the strengthening of Nigeria’s democratic practices.

The call comes after the 2019 general elections, which some international and domestic observers say was fraught with “systemic failings” especially with regards to logistics and security.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Philip Baker, however, noted that the process was credible, while also congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.

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“Despite logistical challenges as well as reports of isolated irregularities and violence, we note that domestic and international observers have found that the overall result was credible,” Baker said.

The keenly contested Presidential election was held across the country on February 23, 2019.

Following the exercise, however, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and closest rival to Muhammadu Buhari – Atiku Abubakar – challenged the outcome in court after the APC candidate won the election with a margin of nearly four million votes.

The governorship and state assembly elections, on the other hand, took place on March 9, in 29 states across the federation.

Elections in six states – Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Sokoto, Plateau and Kano – were, however, declared inconclusive and consequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rescheduled the elections to Match 23, 2019.

Baker noted that the rescheduled polls is an opportunity to perfect the loopholes observed in previous elections.

“Moving forward, we note the importance of strengthening democratic practices, especially in the lead-up to rerun elections in states with inconclusive official results.

“Canada remains committed to supporting good governance and the rule of law in Nigeria. We recognize the importance of free and fair elections and independent democratic institutions to ensuring that citizens are able to participate meaningfully in a strong and healthy democracy,” he added.

APGA Rejects Imo Governorship Election Result, Demands Fresh Poll

APGA Rejects Imo Governorship Election Result, Demands Fresh Poll
A file photo of voters at a polling unit in Imo State.

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has rejected the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Imo State.

Imo APGA Publicity Secretary, Alphonsus Eberendu, described the exercise as a “sham and mockery of democracy” while addressing reporters on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital.

He alleged that the election was marred by monumental irregularities, adding that it was the worst in the history of the state since its creation.

Eberendu said his party had called for the cancellation of the entire election on the basis that it did not meet all the constitutional requirements.

He also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reverse the declaration of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Emeka Ihedioha, as the winner of the election.

According to the APGA spokesperson, the PDP candidate failed to meet the constitutional requirement of 25 per cent of total votes cast in two third of the state.

APC Wins 13 States As Nine PDP Governors-Elect Emerge (Full List)

APC Wins 13 States As Nine PDP Governors-Elect Emerge (Full List)

 

The Governorship and House of Assembly elections may have come and gone, the outcome of the polls is still generating reactions in states where they were held.

Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Bayelsa, Edo, Kogi, and Anambra States were left out in the governorship poll held on March 9 in 29 states across the country, as theirs come outside the election cycle.

So far, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the results of the election in 22 states.

LIVE: INEC Announces Winners Of Governorship Election In 22 States

A breakdown of the figure so far released shows that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won 13 states while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won nine.

Plateau, Benue, Adamawa, Kano, Sokoto and Bauchi have to wait for some time to know who their governor for the next four years would be after INEC declared the election in those states inconclusive.

In Rivers State, the electoral body suspended the electoral process over reported violence during the exercise.

INEC said it would announce a new date for re-run in the states where the election was declared inconclusive within 21 days.

A detailed breakdown of winners announced so far is highlighted in the table below:

STATE

APC

PDP

WINNER

ABIA

99,574

161,553

OKEZIE IKPEAZU

ADAMAWA

334,995

367,471

INCONCLUSIVE

AKWA IBOM

171,978

519,712

UDOM EMMANUEL

BAUCHI

465,453

469,512

INCONCLUSIVE

BENUE

329,022

410,576

INCONCLUSIVE

BORNO

1,175,440

66,115

BABAGANA UMARA

CROSS RIVER

131,161

381,484

BEN AYADE

DELTA

215,938

925,274

IFEANYI OKOWA

EBONYI

81,234

392,291

DAVID UMAHI

ENUGU

10,423

449,935

IFEANYI UGWUANYI

GOMBE

364,179

222,868

MOHAMMED YAHAYA

IMO

96,458

273,404

EMEKA IHEDIOHA

JIGAWA

810,933

288,356

BADARU ABUBAKAR

KADUNA

1,045,427

814,168

NASIR EL-RUFAI

KANO

987,819

1,014,474

INCONCLUSIVE

KATSINA

1,178,864

488,621

AMINU MASARI

KEBBI

673,717

106,633

ATIKU BAGUDU

KWARA

331,546

114,754

ABDULRAHMAN ABDULRAZAQ

LAGOS

739,445

206,141

BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU

NASARAWA

327,229

184,281

ABDULLAHI SULE

NIGER

526,412

298,065

ABUBAKAR BELLO

OGUN

241,670

70,290

ADEDAPO ABIODUN

OYO

357,982

515,621

OLUSEYI MAKINDE

PLATEAU

583,255

538,326

INCONCLUSIVE

RIVERS

SUSPENDED

SOKOTO

486,145

489,558

INCONCLUSIVE

TARABA

362,735

520,433

DARIUS ISHAKU

YOBE

444,013

95,703

MAI-MALA BUNI

ZAMFARA

534,541

189,452

MUKHTAR SHEHU

NASS Adjourns Plenary In Honour Of Slain Oyo Rep

 

The National Assembly has adjourned plenary till Wednesday, March 13.

Members of the Red and Green Chambers agreed to the adjournment on Tuesday in honour of the Oyo rep member, Temitope Olatoye, who was shot dead during the governorship election in Ibadan.

The spokesman for the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Mr Toye Akinrinola, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday after he was rushed to the hospital.

Akinrinola explained that Olatoye was rushed to the hospital at about 6:20 pm after sustaining critical gunshot wounds to the eye.

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According to him, the incident happened at Lalupon area of Lagelu Local Government Area of the state.

The UCH spokesman added that the lawmaker was too weak to be revived by the time he was brought to the medical facility for treatment.

Olatoye was the lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

PDP’s Emeka Ihedioha Wins Imo Governorship Election

Ihedioha

 

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Imo State governorship election, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, has emerged governor-elect of the state.

Ihedioha, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, secured 273,404 votes to defeat Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nwosu, who was backed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, finished second with 190,364 votes; followed by Senator Uzodinma who got 96,458 votes.

 

Ihedioha was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta, at 11:57 pm on Monday night, bringing to a conclusion a dramatic collation process which also witnessed the arrest of two electoral officers for allegedly tampering with results.

The final collation for the state was one of the last to begin on Sunday with the process commencing late in the evening.

Details later…

PHOTOS: El-Rufai Celebrates Victory With Supporters At Govt House

Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun

 

Hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Nasir El-rufai as the winner of the governorship election, supporters have gathered at the Government House to celebrate his re-election.

See photos below.

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Sokoto Governorship Election Declared Inconclusive

Sokoto Governorship Election Declared Inconclusive

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship election in Sokoto State inconclusive.

The Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Fatima Muktar, announced this on Monday at the end of the collation of results from all local government areas of the state.

She explained that the election was inconclusive because the margin of the votes won was far lesser than the number of those cancelled.

According to the returning officer, a total of 1,881,767 voters registered in the state while 1,033,081 voters were accredited for the exercise.

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The total number of votes cast was 1,018,024 out of which 987,942 were counted as valid votes.

After collating the results from all the local government areas, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 489,558 while the All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered 486,145 votes.

Professor Muktar noted that there was cancellation in 136 polling units across 22 LGAs with 75,403 registered voters.

She stressed that the margin of win by the PDP was 3,413 votes, which was way less than the number of cancelled votes.

The returning officer, thereafter, declared the election inconclusive, saying INEC would take a decision on the matter.

She also asked those troubled by the declaration to channel their grievances to the electoral body.

Governor Masari Wins Re-Election By A Landslide

Governor Masari

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has been elected for a second term by a landslide.

The Governor, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, swept to victory by receiving 1,178,864 million votes, almost three times the 488,621 votes that Garba Yakubu Lado of the Peoples Democratic Party polled.

Independent National Electoral Commission’s Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru declared him the winner of the election and returned him elected in the wee hours of Monday.

“Aminu Bello Masari having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Professor Zuru said.

More to follow…

Dapo Abiodun Of APC Wins Ogun Governorship Election

Dapo Abiodun

 

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Dapo Abiodun, has emerged as governor-elect of Ogun State.

Mr Abiodun overcame stiff competition from Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement to win the race.

The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idwo Olayinka, declared him the winner and returned him elected after announcing that he got 241,670 votes as against Mr Akinlade’s 222,153 votes.

Candidate of the ADC, Gboyega Isiaka, emerged third with 110,422 votes, while Senator Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party was fourth with 70,290 votes.

See how all the parties fared below:

A – 1,695

AAC – 1,469

AAP – 746

ACD – 2,629

AD – 1,378

ADC – 110,422

ADP – 9,666

AGA – 813

ANN – 701

ANRP 958

APC – 241,670

APM – 222,153

ASD – 235

BNPP – 345

C4C – 81

CAP – 150

DA – 753

DPC – 464

DPP – 732

FJP – 400

FRESH – 161

GPN – 242

ID – 159

JNPP – 191

KP – 552

MPN – 628

NCP – 430

PDP – 70, 290

PPA – 1,133

PPC – 616

PPN – 1,149

PPP – 671

PT – 368

RPNP – 602

SDP – 1,483

UDP – 384

UPN – 861

UPP – 515

YES – 1,692

YPP – 735

ZLP – 616