Ondo guber polls: Mega Party adopts Mimiko as candidate

The Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP) has adopted the incumbent governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, as its flag bearer for the forthcoming October 20th governorship election in the state.

This was announced at the end of the party’s state congress, which held in Akure, the state capital on Saturday.

According to a communiqué signed by the party’s state Chairman, Korede Duyile and Secretary, Mr. Bayo Fajemilusi, after the congress, the party said the decision was taken as a result of monumental achievements recorded in the state by the governor.

As an opposition party, SDMP called on the governor and the ruling party for a working relationship, promising to work at all levels towards the victory of Dr Mimiko at the scheduled election.

“Bearing in mind the rate of development in the state in the last three and half years, there is need to cooperate with the incumbent governor to ensure that the rate would not only continue but be improved upon” the communiqué explained.

Present at the congress were the party’s National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae; Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasonranti and National Secretary, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, among others.

The exercise was witnessed by representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies.

Dr Mimiko was elected on the platform of the Labour Party candidate and he is now seeking a second term.

Oshiomhole wins Edo governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Adams Oshiomhole, as the winner of the July 14th governorship elections in Edo State.

The incumbent governor polled a landslide victory in all the state’s 17 local government area (see table below), with 477,478 votes-73.72 per cent of 647,698 total votes cast-to defeat his closest rival, Charles Airhiarvbere of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Adams Oshiomhole casts his vote at Ward 10, Unit 1, Iyamho Primary School, Iyamho, during the governorship election.

The result was announced early Sunday morning by INEC’s returning officer, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Osayuki Oshodi.

“I, Prof  Oshiodi as the returning officer, hereby certify  that I was the returning officer of the July 14 governorship election and  hereby declare that Oshiomhole having satisfied the requirement of the law and having scored the highest number of votes cast is hereby declared winner,’’ the electoral official declared

PDP’s candidate polled 144,235 votes, (22.27 per cent of total votes) , while the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate, Solomon Edebiri, got 3,642 votes.

Izevbuwa Roland of the Congress for Political Change (CPC), polled 2,792 votes, or 0.43 per cent of the total votes while Frank Ukonga of the Social Democratic Mega party (SDMP), got 807 votes, or 0.56 per cent of total votes.

Others in the result include Andrew Igwemoh of the Labour Party (LP), 604, with 0.09 per cent, and Paul Orumwense of the National Conscience Party (NCP), 504 votes, with 0.08 per cent of total votes.

With this election, Mr Oshiomhole, the former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has earned a second term in office following his election in the 2007 general election.

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Mr Oshiomhole on his victory in the election and also wished the Comrade-governor a successful second term in office.

He urged the Mr Oshiomhole to receive the fresh mandate as an endorsement of his outstanding performance in first term in office.

The president commended the electoral body and the security agencies for the successful conduct of the election.

Opposition party, the PDP has also congratulated Mr. Oshiomhole for the victory.

Speaking shortly after the result was announced at the INEC office in Benin, the party’s agent accepted the result, noting that his party would study the result of the election and then come forward with a formal reaction.

Breakdown of Edo election results

  1. 1.       
Akoko Edo29,803163184383613, 78365
  1. 2.       
Egor50,62329428128363, 48629
  1. 3.       
Esan Central11,792836523309, 28134
  1. 4.       
Esan North-East13,08612377113512, 47844
  1. 5.       
Esan South-East14, 904856122169, 63444
  1. 6.       
Esan West13, 499156115242513, 28240
  1. 7.       
Etsako East23, 17475611364, 99228
  1. 8.       
Etsako West44, 962169192152375, 92025
  1. 9.       
Igueben9, 75163359196, 75818
  1. 10.   
Ikpoba/Okha58, 80951835754496, 50556
  1. 11.   
Oredo66, 52245426849459, 08148
  1. 12.   
Orhionwon26, 16327723534468, 71653
  1. 13.   
Ovia South-West16, 07719622225375, 01584
  1. 14.   
Ovia North-East26, 83528023341345, 42768
  1. 15.   
Owan West15, 15013613020267, 22937
  1. 16.   
Owan East22, 483169123272311, 70934
  1. 17.   
Uhunmwode17, 01135912422245, 82670



EDO 2012: Battle for the ‘Heart Beat’ state begins

The over 3 million people of Edo State will today decide who will occupy the Dennis Osadebay Government House seat as their governor.

Seven candidates are contending to become the governor of Edo state.

Those eyeing the coveted seat are:

1. Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)

2. Maj.-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

3. Solomon Edebiri of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)

4. Izevbuwa Roland of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)

5. Andrew Igwemoh of the Labour Party (LP)

6. Mr. Paul Orumwense of the National Conscience Party (NCP)

7. Frank Onaiv of the Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP)

However, all eyes will be on three candidates: Misters Oshiomhole, Airhiavbere and Edebiri because of their antecedents.

Projected voting pattern

The Heartbeat State is divided into three senatorial districts composed of several ethnic groups. Some political analysts have argued that this may affect the pattern of voting today.

The ethnic political dimension has been between sharing the powers among the three senatorial districts of the state, with major dominance in this election between Edo South and the Edo North district.

By INEC Figure, Edo South holds over 59% of the voters while the North and Central shares the balance percentage in succeeding order.

The North has the incumbent governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who is of the ACN; Etsako West, Labour Party’s Andrew Igwemoh is from Etsako East, and Prince Frank Ukonga of the Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP) is from Akoko Edo LGA.

For the Edo South, the main opposition party candidate, Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ovia North East LGA, Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) Uhunmwonde LGA, Roland Izevbuwa of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Ikpoba-Okha LGA and Imaguomwanrhuo Orunmwense of National Conscience Party (NCP) Ovia North East LGA.

Edo Central is popularly referred to as the very stronghold of the PDP and is made up of five local governments namely, Esan West, Esan Central, Igueben, Esan North East and Esan South East making up the six constituencies at the state house of Assembly.

Esan central senatorial districts boast of a number of political heavyweights who have held their sway strongly at the national level.

Very notable ones now include the National Leader of the PDP, Tony Anenih who hails from Uromi in Esan North East Local Government. The National leader of the ACN, Tom Ikimi who hails from Igueben is also from this District just as well as the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememe.

INEC is ready

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the assurance to citizens of Edo state that today’s governorship election will be conducted in a free and transparent manner.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Kassim Gaidam affirmed that security and logistics arrangement have been put in place to ensure a smooth and credible election in the state.

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