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.
“The coalition thereby expresses satisfaction with the conduct of the election and congratulates INEC for conducting a free, fair, transparent and peaceful election in Enugu State.
“The coalition observed that INEC officials and ad-hoc staff deployed for election duty across the 17 Local Government Areas, 260 wards and 2, 958 polling units were professional at their best,” he stated.
The political parties also appealed to other contestants to cooperate with the governor in the overall development of the state.
According to them, the poll was credible against an allegation that the exercise was fraught with irregularities.
The Lagos State Government has said that there is no public holiday on Friday ahead of the governorship election that would hold across the country.
In a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the government described as untrue some media reports that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced a work-free day.
“The Lagos State Government on Wednesday clarified reports making the rounds that it had declared Friday, March 8 as Public Holiday for Civil Servants, saying the information was untrue.
“A report currently circulating on social media platforms had suggested that the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had declared Friday as a public holiday to enable Lagosians to prepare for the March 9 Governorship and House of Assembly elections,” he stated.
According to the Commissioner, civil servants are expected to be at their various duty posts on Friday and disregard any information to the contrary.
Although Friday is a working day in the state, as usual, Bamigbetan explained that all public and private schools in the State are expected to proceed on the second Mid-Term Break on Thursday and Friday respectively.
The schools are however expected to resume academic activities on Monday, March 11 based on the revised school calendar for 2018/2019 Academic Year.
The build-up to the 2019 governorship election in Ogun state is gathering momentum as leaders from the Ogun West Senatorial district have warned against the imposition of governorship candidate by some ‘powerful’ indigenes of the state.
At a press briefing held on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital, leaders from the zone alleged that there were grand plans being executed to impose unpopular candidate against the wishes of the people of during the governorship election.
They, however, called on all political parties in the state to field their candidates for the election from the senatorial district for the zone to realise its ambition of producing the next governor.
The leaders, under the auspice of Ogun West Elders Forum, said: “We must present a candidate that has wide acceptability and appeal across the state. We will, therefore, oppose any machination towards an unfavorable and predetermined answer that could hinder us from actualising our goal in 2019; any such move will be rebuked, resisted and condemned.”
Since the creation of Ogun State in 1976, Ogun West Senatorial district has not produced a governor.
“We want to put it on record that Ogun West Elders Forum is working hard behind the scene to encourage all political parties in Ogun State to field their governorship candidates from Ogun West. We, therefore, passionately and humbly appeal to our leaders in these parties to tow this line in the interest of equity justice and fair play. This way the state will re-enact the glory of 1999 when in the interest of justice in Nigeria, two major political parties fielded Yoruba candidates to achieve a desired democratic outcome.
“We wish to thank former President Olusegun Obasanjo for authoring great development strides in Ogun West towards ensuring that the senatorial district measures up to other districts in terms of development. Chef Obasanjo’s commitment to Ogun West governorship in 2019 on the basis of merit and popular acceptance is commendable and we recommend this as a worthy model for other leaders to take a cue from,” the leaders added.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered Commanding Officers to beef up security around key and vulnerable installations in their jurisdiction ahead of the May 29 inauguration.
A statement issued by the Police Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, specifically ordered Zonal Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CP) in states, to take steps to protect critical infrastructure like mega filling stations, major hotels, National/State Houses of Assembly and the Eagle Square.
The Police said this has become imperative to ward off possible plans by insurgents to carry out widespread violence and coordinated attacks on those installations and public places ahead of the handover.
According to the statement, the insurgents may be planning to undermine the Presidential/Governorship inauguration/swearing-in ceremonies nationwide.
The IGP also read the riot act to all Police Officers saying the force will not condone any act of corruption or indiscipline.
Addressing Officers and men of the force in Abuja, the IGP said that the force is working towards improving the welfare and working conditions of policemen, warning that anyone caught sabotaging the efforts of the force will be made to face the full weight of the law.
Mr Arase also advised members of the force attached to politically exposed persons to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
The IGP had earlier urged officers to engage more in intelligence driven investigation in their daily interaction with the public.
The Imo state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has reiterated their zeal to ensure that the party wins all the elective seats in the state.
The chairman of the party in Imo state Nnamdi Anyaehie disclosed this at a unity and solidarity rally organised in Nkwerre Local government area of the state to gain support for the party and the reelection bid of President Goodluck Jonathan come 2015.
Chieftains of the party also present at the rally said the party in order to remain unified, will ensure free and fair governorship, Senatorial and House of Representatives primary elections so as to ensure that the party remains strong ahead of the 2015 elections.
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, has assured Nigerians that the Osun election would be an improvement on what was witnessed in Ekiti State.
On the Friday edition of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, he expressed confidence in the electoral body’s preparation and “rigging proof” measures towards ensuring a credible Osun election and also gave assurances that the template created during the Ekiti State governorship election has since been improved upon.
One of such is in the area of logistics. He explained that during the Ekiti State election, 95.6% of the polling units opened by 8am and the commission hopes “to go beyond that” in the Osun election.
Channels Television correspondent had earlier reported that the farthest of the communities in Osun State were within 30 minutes’ drive from the state capital and this is expected to make logistics much easier for the electoral body.
Mr Idowu corroborated this by saying that the commission had made further logistic arrangements and had done “everything humanly possible to have a seamless operation and so far things are going on well”
Although, he admitted that Osun presents a bigger challenge as it has 30 Local Government Areas, unlike Ekiti which has 16. He also explained some of the logistic innovations of the commission, including the setting up of Super Registration Centre Areas, which are centrally located schools where officials camp overnight to enable them deploy early for the polling units.
There had been an allegation by one of the political parties that another party was making plans to rig the election, our correspondence noted that it appeared that they had details of the plan as they presented a document to back the claims.
Mr Idowu said that INEC would not connive with any political party and if there were any proofs that plans existed to rig the Osun election, it would be dealt with by the Commission.
Mr Idowu also explained the Commission’s decision to use colour codes for the ballot papers. He said that this would help curtail the chances of remote thumb printing as each polling unit would have its peculiar colour which would not be acceptable in another unit.
On the stakeholders meeting held earlier in the week, the INEC man expressed hope that the meeting would have laid to rest some of the issues that the electoral body had with political parties. He cited the example of certain electoral rules and regulations which some persons were encouraging their supporters to break.
He said that it amounts to illegality for any voter to snap pictures of the ballot paper or thumb printed potion as being advised by a political party. He added that no camera is allowed to film a voter while thumb-printing and this includes the media.
The issue of the voters cards being cloned was also mentioned and Mr Idowu asserted that INEC’s procedures were such that if anybody clones a card, it would be useless, as it was printed based on an optimized process which means it is personalized with the owner’s biometric data. He added that the Commission has also rejected proxy distribution and also enforced the owner of every card signing during collection and all these were measures to ensure the success of the Osun polls.
“The voters’ card has your picture, its like the drivers license”, he said, as he maintained that anyone who gets hold of another person’s voters card would not be able to use it.
Mr Kayode Idowu also went ahead to reel out the procedures involved in the voting process.
The Kebbi State governorship elections is set to hold on Saturday, 31 March and 15 candidates are vying for the position, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said in a bulleting on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria sacked the former Kebbi State governor Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari earlier this year and had ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections within 90 days of the decision.
Usman Dakingari, the PDP frontman, is back in the running to reclaim his governorship position and will be facing down 14 other contenders.
The other candidates include:
Alhaji Sulaiman Argungu of the ANPP
Kabiru Turaki of ACN
Umaru Birnin Kebbi of APGA
Attari Sani from the AD party
Hajiya Hauwau Mohammed from ADC
Alhaji Lawan Moad of ALP
Malam Abubakar Abubakar of CPC
Alhaji Sani Abubakar from the CPP
Muhammed Danbare of LP
Sahabi Atiku representing NNPP
Alhaji Tukur Yaro of NSDP
Mohammed Mogaji of NTP
Alhaji Abubakar Umaru of the PPA
Alhaji Mohammed Nura from PPP
INEC will be deploying over 8,000 officials to conduct the elections through out Kebbi state’s 21 local governments, 225 registrations areas and 2,398 polling units.
“A breakdown of the personnel requirement for the re-run election shows that the commission will deploy 7,859 ad hoc staff from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) plus undergraduates from tertiary institutions in Kebbi.
“In addition, 225 Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), 247 Collation Officers (COs), 25 Supervisors and 273 reserves,’’ it said, adding that over 1.6 million people are registered to cast their votes.