Ekiti Election: Official Results Consistent With Votes Cast At Polling Units – YIAGA

YIAGA Africa says the result is a reflection of the people’s choice.

 

YIAGA Africa says official results of the Ekiti governorship election are a reflection of the voters’ choice at the polling units. 

The Civil Society Organisation said this in a tweet on its official handle on Sunday afternoon, hours after the election results were announced.

“According to Yiaga Africa’s Parallel Vote Tabulation estimates,” the tweet read,  “@inecnigeria official results for the Ekiti Governorship election is CONSISTENT with votes cast at the polling units.”

It said the official results would not have tallied with YIAGA Africa’s estimate ranges if they were changed at the ward, local government, or state collation centres.


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APC’s Oyebanji Declared Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election


‘Indication Of  Confidence’

In this file photo, President Buhari presents the APC flag to its flag bearer for the Ekiti governorship poll, Abiodun Oyebanji. Photo: [email protected]

 

YIAGA’s comment comes hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Biodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the exercise.

The Returning Officer for the election, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Kayode Oyebode Adebowale, said Oyebanji got 187,057 votes to defeat his closest challengers – Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bisi Kolawole of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

While the SDP flag bearer had 82,211 votes, his PDP counterpart took the third spot having garnered 67,457 votes. He resumes office in October, taking over from Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Following his victory, President Muhammadu Buhari was among the first persons to congratulate Oyebanji on the feat.

The Nigerian president believes the development is a testament that the APC enjoys massive support in the country.

“This is a good beginning for you and your team. The APC is getting stronger and more united,” Buhari said in a statement on Sunday.

“The victory of our party in Ekiti is an indication of the confidence of Nigerians in the ability of our great party to deliver quality governance to all.”

According to him, the win is well deserved as he called on Oyebanji to be magnanimous in victory for the interest of the southwest state.

Suspended Priest Emerges Benue APC Governorship Candidate

Revd. Father Hyacinth Alia.

 

Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia, who was recently suspended by the Bishop of Gkoko Catholic Diocese for engaging in partisan politics, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, following the adoption of direct primary mode by the party leadership. 

Chairman of the Benue State APC primary election committee Peter Ojie made the declaration at the party secretariat in Makurdi the state capital, to conclude the two-day-long process of direct primary elections better known as Option A4.

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Katsina APC Guber Primary: Inuwa Concedes Defeat, Pledges To Support Dikko Radda

Former Katsina SSG, Mustapha Inuwa

 

Former Secretary to the Katsina State Government and one of the nine Katsina All Progressives Congress (APC)  governorship aspirants defeated during the recently concluded primary, Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has conceded defeat, pledging to support the winner, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda. 

Radda was on Friday declared winner of the Katsina State All Progressives Congress governorship primary after he secured 506 votes to defeat Inuwa, his closest rival who got 442. Inuwa was followed closely by Abbas Umar Masanawa who scored 436 votes.

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Senator Abubakar Yar Adua got 32 votes; Faruk Lawal Jobe, 71; Abdulkarim Dauda Daura, 7; Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata, scored 8; Mannir Yakubu, 65 votes; and Architect Ahmed Dangiwa, 220.

Addressing a press conference in Katsina on Friday, the former SSG thanked his teeming supporters, friends, well-wishers and political associates for their cooperation, understanding and encouragement during the primary, praying that God Almighty will reward them abundantly.

He also commended the support he enjoyed from the 442 delegates who sacrificed to vote for him, restating his commitment to support the winner of the primary, Dr. Dikko Radda in order for him to emerge winner of the 2023 general elections.

Inuwa also called on his supporters and well-wishers to support the Katsina APC governorship candidate.

Kaduna APC Governorship Aspirant Sha’aban Rejects Primary Election Result

APC gubernatorial aspirant in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sha’aban

 

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sha’aban has rejected the  primary election result held on Thursday, alleging that the poll was fraught with irregularities.

The gubernatorial primary in the state was won by Senator Uba Sani who scored 1,149 votes, while Bashir Abubakar came second with 37 votes and Sha’aban was third with 10 votes.

Speaking during a press conference on Saturday in Kaduna State, Sha’aban dismissed the process.

He alleged that the election was a ‘charade’, as most of the delegates from the 23 local governments were locked out of the voting venue and denied the right to vote for  candidates of their choice.

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“We followed the due process by complaining, we wrote letters, we made telephone calls, we made physical visitations hoping that the party leadership will stand to our calls, but as I am talking to you today, there wasn’t any response,” he said.

“APC in Kaduna is behaving as if it is the only party today in Kaduna State, as if there are other parties that are not even participating. We all know that one of the fundamental requirements by any party is to have a congress that is going to be free and fair.

“That congress will produce delegates that will elect candidates for various offices. Kaduna State never had that opportunity, privilege. Kaduna State has a ruling party in APC. If there is anything that has to be done, we should be able to be laying a good example – a good leadership.”

However, the returning officer from the APC headquarters, Anachuna Izu, said Senator Sani scored  the highest number of votes to emerge as the winner of the election.

Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which monitored the primary, described the exercise as free, fair and transparent.

Bwacha Declared Winner Of Taraba APC Gov Primary, Election Chair Alleges Threat To Life

Former Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

 

Former Deputy Senate Minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has emerged winner of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Taraba State.

The Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Election in the state, Lawrence Onuchukwu, declared Bwacha winner at a press briefing in Jalingo, saying he defeated all the other eight aspirants to emerge as the party’s candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Shortly after the declaration on Friday, the Committee Chairman alongside other members boarded a private jet and exited the north-eastern state.

Onuchukwu alleged that his life was under threat, adding that members of the committee were held hostage.

According to him, he was forced at gun point to declare that he has not authorised the governorship primary to commence across the state due to unresolved issues.

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“What happened yesterday was quite unfortunate. However, election was conducted, few aspirants were happy with the conduct of the election,” he said.

“My members and I were held hostage at a particular location where we could not raise our legs up and we were at gunpoint, under duress to address the press that there was nothing like election which was actually held and after that they allowed us to leave which was the only condition for us to be alive.

“For me it is only a tree that can be cut down and its still there, but we as humans we have to run for out dear lives by doing what they want us to do, but that was not the real position of the truth.

“The result of the exercise was won by one Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and we have declared him the winner of the election.”

On his part, Senator Bwacha reiterated that his victory is valid and called on other contestants to close ranks and sheath their swords.

“I accept this offer from my party and pledge to work in harmony with those who contested with me and I am calling on them to close ranks and define a new road map for the APC which has for long been in the opposition,” he stated.

“At a designated time, I will reach out to those who lost out individually and collectively, because one person must emerge among many contestants and it is not a do or die matter, but one done to restore the lost glory of our state.

“If I say Taraba State is not sitting down on the precipice, I will be economical with the truth, but what we will do if victorious, we will redefine governance and dignity of civil service.”

This however did not go down well with six other aspirants of the party as they alleged that no APC governorship primary was conducted. They also asked the party’s national headquarters to intervene.

Speaking on behalf of the six other aspirants in the state, the Senator representing Taraba Central, Yusuf  Yusuf asked the party to conduct a governorship primary in Taraba or risk losing them to another party.

“We are surprise to know what has happened after the chairman of the committee said he has not authorized any election, only for us to be told he announced a result at the airport and jetted out,” he stated.

“We affirm that there was no election, no approval given, no duress whatsoever because we were there when he announced at the police headquarters that he has not authorized any election to hold in Taraba State.

“Due process of the law will be followed to ensure that internal dispute mechanism is judiciously used, and it will be followed by litigation in accordance to the electoral act of 2022.

“We will hold APC National accountable for whatever that happens to its followers in Taraba state and If the leadership of the party at the national headquarters are not prepared to accommodate our interest we will exit and think of other means of solving our issues.”

Ex-Air Chief Sadique Abubakar Wins Bauchi APC Governorship Primary

File photo of the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar

 

Former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Bauchi State.

He scored 370 votes out of 1021 votes cast to defeat six other aspirants who entered the race with him.

1028 delegates were accredited for the primary and seven votes were invalid.

The runner-up, a senator representing Bauchi Central, Haliru Jika got 278 votes while the first runner-up, an ex-state Commissioner for Finance, polled 269 votes.

Other aspirants are, a former Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Musa Babayo, who polled 70 votes; a former member of the House of Representatives representing Azase Federal Constituency, Farouq Mustapha, got 26 votes and ex-Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Mahmud Maijama’a, raked in eight votes while the Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group, Ali Pate got 0 votes.

While addressing journalists shortly after the exercise, Abubakar described dedicated his victory to the people of Bauchi State as well as his party.

According to him, he would work towards the unity of the party in order to emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.

“It is not a victory for me but a victory for all of us. I want to assure you that we will work together in other to change the narrative about Bauchi State out there. So the victory is for everybody,” he said.

“The victory means that we have to work together, mobilise people, transform the state and prepare for the elections in 2023.”

Abubakar, who was appointed as Chief of Air Staff in 2015 was replaced alongside other service chiefs in January 2021 when President Muhammadu Buhari picked other top military commanders.

Although President Buhari later appointed him as Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad, he resigned from that appointment to join the Bauchi governorship race.

Benue Speaker Beats Deputy Governor To Win PDP Governorship Ticket

Benue Assembly Speaker, Titus Uba, has defeated Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu to emerge as the PDP governorship candidate in Benue State.

 

The Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in the state.

Uba emerged the winner of the exercise conducted on Wednesday at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, the state capital.

He polled 731 votes to defeat the incumbent Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, who raked in 81 votes.

Reacting, the Speaker thanked the delegates and party leadership for trusting him with their mandate.

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This is even as he called for unity among party fateful to emerge victorious in the forthcoming governorship election in 2023, pledging to work with his fellow aspirants.

“One of the greatest days in my life is today and I want to give this to the delegates of our great party who have made the moment what it is now and who have come together to give me the opportunity to fly the flag of PDP in 2023,” he said.

“Responsibility they say is collective. Responsibility to our party is for us to put our heads together and move this state forward. Your Excellency, I am overwhelmed, my speech is filled with joy that I cannot express now.”

In his remarks, Abounu accepted the outcome of the election while briefing journalists in the state capital.

According to him, no human being can swim against the tide but God only.

“The party authority has spoken and the party authority has spoken well – loud and clear and that is how the tide goes,” he said.

“All I can say is that only God can make it possible for somebody like me who is a creation of God to be governor of Benue State.”

PDP Primary: Senator Baba-Ahmed Withdraws From Kaduna Governorship Race

PDP governorship aspirant in Kaduna State, Senator Yusuf Baba-Ahmed briefs journalists when he announces his withdrawal from the race on May 24, 2022.

 

Less than 24 hours to the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, one of the leading aspirants, Senator Yusuf Baba-Ahmed has withdrawn from the contest.

Addressing a news conference at his office in Kaduna, the former Senator who represented Kaduna North in the National Assembly, said credible first-hand reports about the primary are inconsistent with his political philosophy and his purpose of being into politics, hence the decision to drop his gubernatorial aspiration.

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“In summary, the letter just advises the party of my humble withdrawal from the 2023 governorship contest of Kaduna State under our great party, the PDP.

“I have done so with all sense of responsibility and spirit of sportsmanship. I am not comfortable with the way we are going about bringing out aspirants and turning them into candidates. Any right-thinking politician knows that we are taking ourselves way back into the darkness.

“Many things are right not just with democracy. There are many don’ts in fixing Nigeria, those don’ts are not being followed. I am a very good sportsman, still a loyal member of the PDP. I have always belonged to the leading opposition in Nigeria since I joined politics.”

According to him, the emerging events from the party’s recent state and National Assembly primaries in Kaduna,  where money played a key role in the fate of aspirants have shown that the PDP  is yet to learn any lesson and also proved that an anticipated change in the nation’s politics is yet to come.

He, however, said that his withdrawal from the governorship primary will not deter him from remaining loyal and being supportive to the party.

I Am Yet To Declare Interest In Kebbi Governorship Seat, Says Malami

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.
A file photo of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, during an interview on Channels Television.

 

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says he has yet to declare interest to contest for any elective position in the 2023 general elections.

His Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja amid reports that the minister has declared to join the governorship race in Kebbi State.

Gwandu explained that the clarification became necessary in view of a ‘false and fabricated publication’ in some sections of the media.

He said the declaration to contest for a political position was never a hidden affair or clandestine operation that could be reported as a scoop by a section of the media.

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Rather, Malami’s spokesman stated that the report was triggered out of curiosity and eagerness by followers and loyalists.

“A video being circulated as the purported declaration was mischievously translated with fabricated insertions and interpolations that cannot in spirit and context establish the misinformation circulated,” the statement said.

The minister, however, thanked his supporters and the general public for expressing their interest.

At the appropriate time, according to Gwandu, the people will “hear from the horse’s mouth” in the full glare of the media, stakeholders, like-minds, party faithful, and supporters.

Senator Olujimi Withdraws From Ekiti PDP Primary Election

 

The lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Abiodun Olujimi, has withdrawn from the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Paty (PDP) in the state.

Senator Olujimi is one of the key aspirants vying for the PDP ticket in the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State.

On why she decided to quit, the senator cited gender bias and an unfair resolution of matters arising from a lingering controversial congress of the party.

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According to her,  the list to be used for the primary puts her at a disadvantage as her local government is left with only 12 delegates as decided by the party leadership.

A file photo of Senator Biodun Olujimi.

Tension has been rife in the state over the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The PDP primary scheduled for Wednesday is set to commence as eight aspirants are out to contest for the party’s ticket in the 2022 Governorship election.

The delegate primary election is holding in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Some of the candidates in the race include former Governor Segun Oni and former Governor Ayodele Fayose’s deputy and PDP candidate in the 2018 election, Professor Olusola Eleka.

Others include former PDP National Treasurer Wale Aribisala, as well as Bisi Kolawole, Kayode Adaramodu, Lateef Ajijola, and Mrs Titilayo Owolabi-Akerele.

 

PDP Releases Timetable For Ekiti Governorship Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The PDP is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State.

PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said sales of expression of interest and nomination forms would commence on September 13 and end on September 30.

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Ologbondiyan noted that the party’s National Working Committee fixed the screening of aspirants for October 11, while appeals on the screening exercise are scheduled for October 25.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 Ekiti Governorship Election,” the statement partly read.

“In line with the timetable, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the Sales of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from Monday, September 13 to Thursday, September 30, 2021, with Tuesday, October 5, 2021 as the last date for the submission of forms.”

The PDP spokesman stated that the party’s congresses to elect the 3-man Adhoc Ward delegates have been scheduled to hold from January 7 to January 8, 2022, adding that the local government congresses to elect national delegates will take place on January 15, 2022.

PDP’s Fintiri Wins Adamawa Governorship Election

Adamawa Governor, Fintiri
Ahmadu Fintiri

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Adamawa State governorship election, Ahmadu Fintiri, has been declared the winner of the poll.

Fintiri, a former acting governor of the state, secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.

The vote margin between the PDP candidate and that of the APC is 40,166.

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The PDP candidate was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Andrew Haruna, at 00:33 am on Friday morning, bringing to a conclusion a dramatic collation process.

The Returning Officer said Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) scored 113,237 votes to place third, followed by Emmanuel Bello of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who garnered 29,792 votes.

Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the governorship poll inconclusive.

According to the Returning Officer, the margin of the lead of 32,476 between the PDP and the APC candidates was less than the 40,988 votes that were cancelled.

He explained that he was constrained to return a winner by such a situation and therefore declared the election inconclusive.