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Gbajabiamila: I have comfortable lead to become speaker

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, says he has a “comfortable lead” to become speaker in the 9th assembly.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila who spoke through Abdulmumin Jibrin, his campaign spokesman, said his support cuts across party lines.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) which is expected to produce the next speaker had endorsed Gbajabiamila as its choice for the position.

He was also endorsed for the position in 2015 but was eventually beaten to it by Yakubu Dogara.

Gbajabiamila said he is also consulting with his colleagues in the APC who are in the race with the hope to win them over before the election.

He said: “Now we have the numbers to win the election on June 10. We have applied different kind of modules to weigh our numbers. In all the instances we have applied, we have arrived at a very comfortable number that will win us the eleciton. We have gotten all the numbers we require.

“We also have large number of members from PDP and other opposition parties. Femi and (Mohammed) Wase are foing to run all inclusive house. We believe we will get PDP and others to join the train.

“If not for the fact that we have to keep our guards, we would have asked my colelagues to go and sleep and come back in June, that victory is ours. But we are not taking anything for granted.

Jibrin said Dogara who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is also being lobbied to ensure a “common ground”.

According to him, “we are also lobbying the incumbent speaker. We appreciate the value he can bring on board. He has a support base and controls a particular bloc of the house.

“We have opened up negotiations with him and we are pretty sure because of the love he has for this parliament, we will reach a common ground.”

9th Assembly: APC clears Lawan, others to consult PDP colleagues

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly members on Sunday got the nod to negotiate with the opposition in their bid for principal positions in the Ninth Assembly.

It is democratic to do so, the party said in a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu, who stressed that the party has nothing against its members seeking cooperation with other legislators as it is confident that they will not betray the party.

There has been reports of Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan, who has been adopted for Senate President, holding meetings with members of the opposition, but Issa-Onilu said that Lawan was adopted by the party for the position in the first place because of his ability to carry everyone along, which is needed for such a position.

He also said that the party will announce its zoning arrangement for the National Assembly leadership in the coming days.

The statement reads: “We are inundated with reports of our members in the National Assembly holding consultations with members of the opposition over the election of leaders into the Ninth National Assembly. Let me state that our party has no objection to such consultations.

“It is a normal democratic practice world over to stretch hands across the divides.  And contrary to some media reports, the actions of our members do not contradict the party’s position. APC has a comfortable majority in both chambers. Therefore; we have the number to produce the leadership.

“But democracy recognises the importance of the opposition, especially when you do not have two-third, which would be required at some very critical situations. For us as a ruling party, we understand that a stable and peaceful National Assembly would enhance our capacity to deliver more for the people of Nigeria.

“So, the party is not averse to negotiation by Senator Ahmed Lawan and our other senators-elect working to fulfil the position taken by our party.

“It is important to note that one of the key considerations for adopting him as the party’s candidate for the Senate presidency is his ability to carry everyone along. On top of that, the party has confidence in him not to compromise the progressive ideology of APC. So, clearly, Senator Ahmed Lawan is capable of conducting his negotiations within the prism of APC’s objectives.”

On zoning and the leadership of the House of Representatives, Issa-Onilu  assured Nigerians that the party will put to rest ongoing agitations and “will soon release the zoning arrangements for the principal positions of the incoming Ninth National Assembly.

“The party will also make its position clear in the coming days on the principal positions in the House of Representatives,” the party’s spokesman said.

He said that the nationwide consultations being championed by the Senate Leader and Leader of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, who is seeking to become the Speaker of the Green Chamber, were in line with the party’s policy of inclusiveness.

According to him, national interest is guiding the ongoing rapprochement between APC’s candidates and members-elect from the opposition.

Issa-Onilu said: “It is just part of politics and in a democracy, consensus is a key element. To have a smooth sail in the National Assembly, you don’t go to the floor pretending that the opposition parties do not exist.

“Even if the opposition parties cannot defeat you, in the spirit of national interest, you must work with them. We want to run a government of inclusiveness, we need every party.

“We will support every effort by our candidates for principal offices in the Senate and the House of Representatives to carry elected members from the opposition along.

“As long as we can, we will keep our members-elect united to present common candidates to lead the National Assembly. The fact that we are saying that we can go it alone is not the same thing as saying that the opposition does not matter.

“We have the numbers to achieve our aim but we have to ensure comfort for the opposition too. Unlike in the past, what we are pushing before the 9th National Assembly is a national interest agenda.

“We want them to see our candidates within the prism of the national agenda we are pursuing.”

The Senate Leader at the weekend had audience with more senators-elect from PDP.

He was busy selling his vision of a united Ninth National Assembly.

A PDP senator-elect said: “Actually, Lawan met with us to seek our support. He tried to make a few clarifications which boosted our confidence in him.

“It is not a party affair at all. It is left to individual senator to decide who to vote for.”

Atiku denies hiring US lobbyist, blames APC for ‘fabrication’

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has denied hiring a US lobbyist firm to advance in his bid to take over power from President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement on Wednesday, Atiku, a former vice-president, said the reports of the alleged contract is a handiwork of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Atiku is at the presidential election tribunal to challenge the declaration of Buhari as winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to a report by Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), Bruce Fein, former justice department official and his firm Fein & DelValle PLLC registered as foreign agents of PDP and Atiku on March 24.

The report said the firm is expected to “encourage Congress and the executive to forbear from a final declaration and recognition of Nigeria’s February 23, 209 presidential election until outstanding legal challenges to the initial government of Nigeria assertion that incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was the victor are impartially and independently resolved by the supreme court of Nigeria without political or military influence, intimidation or manipulation.”

But in the statement issued on his behalf by Paul Ibe, his spokesman, Atiku dismissed the report as “total fabrication” by the APC, adding that it “didn’t come as a surprise to us because lying has become their only bragging rights of competence.”

The statement added that “since Atiku resisted pressure not to go to court, the APC has been behaving like a cat on hot bricks because the outcome of the 2019 elections has exposed and shattered the facade of their dubious integrity.”

“The APC are behaving nervously like a thief living under the fear of being exposed and shamed; they are now using fake news against Atiku instead of focusing on defending themselves in the court,” the statement read.

“For a party that has broken the worst record in election rigging, the APC doesn’t have any iota of integrity to be taken seriously by anybody.

“Atiku’s court case has become their biggest burden because it exposes their integrity as a sham, and instead of defending their stolen mandate in court, they are now using fake news to divert public attention from the historic electoral heist they have committed against Nigerians.

“No amount of diversionary propaganda and fake news campaign by APC will stop Atiku Abubakar from continuing the court action he started to reclaim the stolen mandate.”

Ogun Assembly Majority Leader quits APM, returns to APC

Mr Adeyinka Mafe,  the Majority Leader in the Ogun State House of Assembly,  on Tuesday, announced the withdrawal of  his membership of  the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Mafe, who represents Sagamu 1 State Constituency in the Assembly, stated in his withdrawal letter read at plenary by Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker of the House, that he had returned to the All Progressives  Congress (APC).

“I had earlier written a letter  to leave APC.

“I write to officially withdraw the letter and I wish to notify you that I remain a member of APC Next Level, ” he stated.

Mafe and three other members  on November 29, 2018  resigned their membership of APC  and defected to the APM.

The lawmakers announced their defection in separate letters read by the Speaker  during  plenary.

The three other  defectors were  the Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja who represents Abeokuta South II,   Ganiyu Oyedeji (Ifo II) and Tunde Sanusi (Obafemi Owode).

Since Mafe’s defection to APM,  a new Majority Leader had  not been  elected.

Also during plenary,  the Deputy Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo,  explained that it was important for the assembly to assess  Ministries, Departments and Agencies,  saying that the present administration was winding up.

“It is obvious that the state government is winding up.

“There is need for the House to carry out an assessment of MDAs so that we can know where we are in the state before the government winds up, ” Oluomo, who represents  Ifo 1,  said.

Yakasai: APC might field Tinubu or Osinbajo in 2023

Tanko Yakasai, elder statesman and political adviser in the second Republic, says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) might field Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo or Bola Tinubu, a national leader of APC, in 2023.

Speaking with The Interview, Yakasai said the region played a key role in the emergence of Buhari in 2019.

On the possibility of the APC fielding a presidential candidate from the south-east in 2013, Yakasai said the region will be sidelined for the south-west.

“The current calculation is that the vice-president is from the Southwest. Clearly, there is an unwritten understanding that when Buhari finishes, the Vice President will likely be the next presidential candidate of the APC,” he said.

“The Vice President is a Yoruba man. Even if it is not Osinbajo, somebody from there, probably Tinubu, will likely emerge as the candidate of the party.

“And with the performance of the party in the southeast, I don’t see any possibility that the party will think of giving its candidacy to the southeast as against the support it earned from the southwest.

“Apart from voting, don’t forget that there were some material support which APC enjoyed from the Southwest.”

Defending his choice of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the elections, the elder statesman  said he supported Atiku because of his experience in governance and business.

Yakasai was asked: “You supported former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP at the just concluded election. Do you believe the eventual winner, Muhammadu Buhari, won fair and square?”

He replied: “No, I do not. Quite alright, I supported Atiku because I don’t believe that Buhari has the capacity and the competence to handle the Nigerian problem.”

On the issue of the leadership of the 9th senate, Yakasai said it would not favour theAll Progressives Congress (APC) to insist on Ahmed Lawan.

Lawan, senate majority leader, has been given the blessings of the APC to succeed Bukola Saraki as the leader of the red chamber.

Yakasai said he expected the ruling party to have learnt from its mistakes.

He argued that the lawmakers should be allowed to who will lead them, and not a person imposed on them.

“Well, they have been touting this idea for a long time. Remember when the current Senate was convened after the 2015 election, they wanted Ahmad Lawan to be the Senate president,” he said.

“It was the rupture in the party that led a chunk of party senators to team up with PDP senators to get Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as president and deputy president of the Senate.

“What I am surprised about, I thought what happened to them in the last dispensation would have been a lesson for them to allow legislators to decide who should be their leaders.

“I worked with National Assembly for four years. I know the mindset of members of the National Assembly. They believe that they have their own mandate separate from the mandate of the President.”

APC insists Lawan is choice for Senate Presidency

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will be an exercise in futility for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to nurse the ambition of producing the President of the 9th Senate.

Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, stated this at an interactive session with newsmen on Wednesday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Issa-Onilu said that the APC would not share legislative powers with the PDP because, according to him, it is capable of running the government alone.

He said that in every democracy, any party that has the majority number automatically produced the President of the Senate, and that Nigeria would not be an exception.

Issa-Onilu said the APC already had the number to produce the President of the Senate and other leadership positions in the Senate and House of Representatives.

“Nigerians had given us more than we had in the outgoing Senate, so we have enough in terms of numbers of Senators to elect all our officers.

“It will be an exercise in futility for the PDP to want to share from what Nigerians had taken away from them.

“We don’t need a single vote from the PDP, and in any case, we don’t actually envisage any election on that day,” the APC National Publicity Secretary said.

He said that all the APC needed to do was to present its members to occupy the leadership positions in the Senate and House of Representatives as a collective decision of the party in line with its Constitution.

Issa-Onilu, however, said that the PDP was free to also nominate its candidates if it desired, but stated that the APC would not contest any position in the Senate with it, or any other opposition party.

According to him, Senator Lawan Ahmed remained the APC’s choice for the President of the Senate in the 9th Senate.

He said that the decision had not been controverted since it was taken by the party’s leadership.

The APC spokesman said that notwithstanding the party had several other elected and returning senators with huge pedigree to choose from, Lawan was favoured among them.

“There is nothing Lawan has in the open that others don’t have, but we have to make just one choice,” he said.

On Senator Ali Ndume’s reaction to the party’s choice of Lawan as the next President of the Senate, that the decision was not democratic, Issa-Onilu said he was free as an individual to air his grievance.

He said that as a respected member of the APC, though Ndume had a right to his views, the senator must nevertheless abide by the party’s decision following the principle of party supremacy.

The APC spokesman said the party’s leadership was considering the zoning arrangement for other leadership positions in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

He re-emphasised that the APC would not share any committee Chairmanship position with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“What the PDP called juicy committees which we prefer to call strategic committees is exclusive to the APC.

“We are not going to share power with the people that Nigerians have rejected or compromise on the promises we have made to Nigerians.

“Nigerians cannot give us a mandate and we go share the mandate with those they rejected,”he said.

Issa-Onilu thanked Nigerians for their confidence in the APC and for re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari for another four-year term.

He assured that the APC-led Federal Government would re-double its efforts to move Nigeria to the next level of economy and infrastructure development.

On the non issuance of certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Issa-Onilu said the APC could not intervene in the issue.

“The party cannot take any action because he is in the first instance on suspension and until that is vacated, we cannot step in on his behalf,” he said.

Speaking on the alleged involvement of Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation in Rivers politics, Issa-Onilu said the minister had not engaged in any anti-party activities.

He added that though the APC does not have governorship candidate in Rivers, the people of the state were very important to the party.
“If we have the opportunity of working with a party that will abide by our principles, it is within our right to work with such a party to ensure that we free the people of Rivers from hardship.

“Whatever has happened in Rivers, and whatever Rotimi Amaechi has done, is completely normal and acceptable to this party,” the APC Publicity Secretary said.

INEC suspends issuance of certificates to Zamfara APC candidates

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the presentation of certificates of return to candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state.

The electoral commission disclosed this in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

More to follow…

Adamawa APC rejects new date for supplementary poll

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa state has rejected the March 28 date the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) fixed for the supplementary governorship election in the state.

Ahmed Lawal, organising secretary of the party, announced the party’s decision in an interview with NAN in Yola on Tuesday.

Lawal said INEC did not consult the party before fixing the new date for the poll.

He alleged that information had filtered out earlier that the election would be held on Thursday, March 28.

“INEC failed to consult with political parties involved in this election before going ahead to fix a new date for the re-run,” he said.

“We, therefore, became suspicious due to rumours in town earlier that supplementary election would be conducted on Thursday and it turned out to be true.

“We are not afraid of re-run election but INEC should have done the right thing. How can you fix an election on a working day. Are civil servants not going to participate in the election. We are going to forward our protest on the matter to INEC.”

An Adamawa high court sitting in Yola had earlier vacated an order restraining INEC from conducting a supplementary election in the state.

INEC, therefore, fixed March 28 for the election.

APC wins state assembly supplementary election in Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ibeju-Lekki State Constituency I, Mr Fatai Mojeed,  winner of the supplementary election in the area.
INEC conducted supplementary election in nine polling units of the state constituency on Saturday.

The commission had declared the March 9 election in the constituency inconclusive, because of over-voting in the nine polling units, covering two Registration Areas (Ward).

Prof. Rasheed Ojikutu the Returning Officer for the election, announced the result for the election at the Collation Centre located in INEC office in Ibeju-Lekki council at about 6:30 p.m.

Ojikutu, of the Department of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos,  first read out scores of each political party on March 9 election, before announcing the total votes in the supplementary poll.

According to him, on March 9 election, APC polled 8,525 votes and PDP scored 1, 786, SDP got 63, ADP scored 54 votes, Accord got 50 votes, AD polled 59 votes while other political parties scored less than 40 votes each.

He said that Mojeed polled a total of votes 9,484 to defeat his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (NAN)  Mrs Tare Oliver who got 1,901 votes.

“I, Prof. Rasheed Kola Ojikutu, hereby certify that I am  the returning officer for the constituency I of Ibeju-Lekki in the election held on the 23rd Day of March 2019.

“I declare that Mojeed Fatai Adebola of APC, haven  satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected,” Ojikutu said.

He added that Accord Party scored 51 votes, AD polled 60 votes, ADC polled 26 votes, SDP got 64 votes, AAC polled 27 votes, ADP got only 55 votes while others got less than 10 votes each.
Ojikutu said that the total registered voters were 122, 442, while the total accredited voters for the election were 12,245.

The party agents took turns to sign the results.
Earlier, Dr Adeola Afonja, the Collation Officer for Ibeju Ward I, reeled out the scores obtained by each of the parties in the six polling units where supplementary election was held in the ward.
According to Afonja, APC polled 520, PDP scored 43 votes, ADC got 2 votes, Accord and ADP got one vote each while other parties got no vote.

She said that the total registered votes of the six polling units where the supplementary election took place were 3,989.
Afonja added that the total accredited voters were 592, total valid votes were 567, rejected votes 22, while the total votes cast were 589.

Also, Dr Ijeoma Patience, the Collation Officer for Iwerekun I,  reeled out the scores obtained by each of the parties in the three polling units where supplementary election was held in the ward.

According to her, APC polled 439, PDP scored 72 votes, while other parties got less than 2 votes.
Patience said that the registered voters of the three polling units where the supplementary election took place were 8,722

She added that the total accredited voters were 529, total valid votes 521, rejected votes were 8, while the total vote cast were 529.
Out of 12, 711 registered voters in the nine polling units, only 1,118 voters came out to vote in the supplementary election.
Prince Wasiu Elemoro, candidate of PDP for Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency, described the election as being far better than the previous polls.

Elemoro said that the supplementary election was free, fair and peaceful.
Also speaking, Mr Rasak Alatishe, the APC party agent at the collation centre, commended the peaceful conduct of the voters, expressing satisfaction with the outcome, which Mr Femi Asia, his counterpart from the PDP corroborated.

After being declared winner, Mojeed, who could not hide his joy, thanked the people for the trust reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them.

1.6 million votes claim: APC says PDP inflicted by ‘post-defeat hallucination’

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, have “slipped into severe depression”.

The APC said this in reaction to PDP’s claim that it won the presidential poll by 1.6 million votes.

The opposition party based its claims on the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It filed the claim in its petition before the presidential election tribunal.

But reacting in a statement, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC spokesman, said the claim is ridiculous.

“While the APC is not oblivious of the PDP’s antics to discredit the credible presidential electoral process, acknowledged by local and international observers, we sympathise with Atiku for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari through the votes of Nigerians,” Issa-Onilu said.

“Judging by Atiku and PDP’s recent utterances and actions, it is now clear that they have slipped into severe depression and post-defeat hallucination that have left many Nigerians questioning their current state of mind.

“After weeks of dilly-dallying, the PDP has woken up to the stark reality of its electoral defeat and decided to follow the constitutional path of filing a petition at the election tribunal.

“However, of all the prayers of Atiku before the election tribunal, which are at best hollow, the most ridiculous is his claim that the server of the INEC indicated he won the presidential election by 1.6million votes.

“A few questions would suffice – is this phantom figure of 1.6 million votes Dubai-invented? Was the result sold to Atiku by his numerous marabouts, who we understand, had assured him that the last election was a done deal for him?”

Issa-Onilu said the PDP’s “consistent reference” to INEC server should be a cause for concern.

He said it is possible that the opposition party has plans to jeopardise INEC’s database, calling on security agencies to foil the “evil plan”.

“Most importantly, we note Atiku’s consistent reference to the INEC server as if he is the custodian of that platform. Indeed, Atiku’s constant reference to the INEC server should raise concerns as it is becoming apparent that he and the PDP are up for some dastard activities that are targeted at jeopardising the INEC database and internal storage system,” he said.

“We recall the widespread reported cases of several programmed card readers that were retrieved from some PDP agents and their failed attempt to hack the INEC database in the leadup to the then postponed presidential election.

“We remind the Atiku and PDP that Nigerians saw through the devious schemes aimed at thwarting their will. Consequently, majority of the voters handed them a harsh verdict — that verdict remains sacrosanct.”

Guber polls: APC takes Lagos, Ogun, Niger while PDP wins in Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi … Bauchi inconclusive

Results released so far in the Governorship and States Houses of Assembly elections held in the country on Saturday  have revealed some surprises and upsets across the country.

For instance, the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oyo State lost the governorship poll to the Peoples Democratic Party. The APC candidate, Adebayo Adelabu, backed by the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi, lost scandalously to his PDP’s counterpart, Seyi Makinde, with a margin of 157, 635 votes. While Makinde polled 515,621 votes, Adelabu came second with 357,982 votes.

Also, as it was during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State where the incumbent Senate President, Bukola Saraki, lost his bid to return to the Senate, his party lost all elective positions in the March 9 polls.

The Kwara State APC governorship candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, swept the poll to beat his PDP counterpart, Abdulrazak Atunwa, with a margin of 216,792 votes.

Also, the APC governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, won a landslide victory over his closest rival, Jimi Agbaje of the PDP. Observers had expected Agbaje to give Sanwo-Olu a run for his money, but this was not to be as the political machinery of the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu that backed the new comer was too much for Agbaje.

The PDP candidate was beaten with over 500,000 votes.

But as the people of Rivers State were waiting for the outcome of the polls, INEC announced the suspension of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state till further notice

It cited violence that marred the exercise as reason for its actions.

Protest from the national headquarters of the PDP is, however, trailing the electoral umpire’s decision.

However, INEC had declared winners in some of the 29 states where the governorship poll was conducted on Saturday as of the time of filing this report this morning. These states include Lagos, Kwara, Gombe, Enugu, Oyo, Abia, Kebbi, Jigawa, Katsina , Ogun, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Niger.

Other states where the results have not been fully released include Benue, Nasarawa, Sokoto.

But the results so far declared have  stirred protest as opposition parties in some states rejected the outcome citing vote-buying, supporters’ harassment and alleged bias by the electoral umpire and the security agencies as reasons.

INEC declares Sanwo-Olu as new Lagos governor

INEC on Sunday declared the APC candidate, Sanwo-Olu, as the winner of the March 9 governorship election held in the state on Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu, who scored 739,445 out of the 977,476 total valid votes in the election, defeated 44 other candidates to emerge as the governor-elect in the state.

The candidate of the PDP in the election, Agbaje, polled the second highest votes in the election with 206,141 votes.

Declaring the result of the election at the state collation centre in Yaba at about 8.40pm on Sunday, the state Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, said Sanwo-Olu, scored the highest number of votes to win the election.

Ogunbodede, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, said, “That Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, of the All Progressives Congress, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”

He said the number of registered voters was 6,505,512; number of accredited voters was 1,006,074; total number of votes cast was 998,715, rejected votes was 21,239, while the total number of valid votes was 977,476.

Ogunmodede pointed out that 31 party agents signed the result sheet.

Sanwo-Olu thanked residents of the state for electing him in the March 9 governorship election.

Addressing party stakeholders in Ikeja after he was declared the winner by INEC, Sanwo-Olu said he was honoured by the overwhelming support of residents.

He said though “the victory carries my name,” his success in the election was actually victory for all residents.

Sanwo-Olu said he viewed the mandate given to him as a call to service to improve the lives of the people.

“I accept the mandate given to me and I understand that it bestows the most profound honour and sober responsibility on me. I thank and commend those who contributed to this campaign. You have laboured and toiled countless hours and done so much.

“You have exerted yourself not just for me but because you believe in the vision that we share.

“You are too numerous to name at this time; in the next few days, I wish to personally thank each one of you for this progressive and collective efforts.

“Most of all, I must commend the voters and honour them; though this victory bears my name, the victory actually belongs to you dear Lagosians,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for believing in his vision.

He said he would not disappoint those who had invested their trust in him, as he was focused on development.

He faulted what he called unhealthy statements and actions made by some of his rivals before the election.

Sanwo-Olu said some of the statements and actions were capable of causing disunity in the state and affecting peaceful co-existence.

He said it was time for all to put the pre-election politics aside and join him in efforts to birth a better Lagos.

APC’s Abdulrazaq wins Kwara gov poll

In Kwara State, the APC governorship candidate, Abdulrazaq, has been declared winner of the governorship election.

Declaring the results of the poll on Sunday, the state Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Prof. Muhammad Liman, said Abdulrazaq polled 331,546 votes to emerge as the winner of the election.

His PDP counterpart, Atunwa, polled 114,754 votes to emerge as the runner-up.

From the official results declared in all the 16 LGAs in the state, Abdulrazaq led Atunwa with a margin of 216,792 votes.

Also, the APC beat the PDP in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state and thus won all the seats in the state House of Assembly.

Though the PDP boycotted the venue where the result was announced, Saraki later congratulated the Kwara State Governor-elect, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, on his victory at the poll.

Saraki also congratulated the people of the state for coming out to exercise their franchise.

The Senate President wrote, “I thank all Kwarans, particularly the PDP supporters, who worked for the party in the just-concluded elections. My congratulations go to Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and all those who emerged at all levels. I wish them all the best.”

PDP’s Makinde floors APC’s Adelabu in Oyo

Also, the PDP’s candidate in Oyo State, Makinde, was declared elected by INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, having polled the highest number of votes in the election.

Ogundipe is the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos.

While Makinde secured 515,621 votes, his closest contestant, Adelabu of the APC, came second with 357,982 votes. Makinde led with 157,635 votes.

The results showed that out of the 33 LGAs in the state, Makinde won in 28 councils, including that of his rival’s, while Adelabu won in five LGAs.

While announcing the winner, Ogundipe said, “I state that Seyi Makinde of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”

Ogundipe put the number of registered voters at 2,934,107 out of which 940,211 voters were accredited. Total valid votes were 916,860; total rejected votes, 20,688; while total votes cast stood at 937,545.

Meanwhile, out of the 32 seats in the state House of Assembly, the PDP won 25 seats, the APC secured five seats while the Action Democratic Party got one.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mutiu Agboke, who made the disclosure, stated that the commission was fair to all political parties.

He said the commission resisted intimidation from some quarters in respect of the polls, adding that “INEC will continue to do the right thing at the right time in the best interest of voters.”

However, there was palpable fear around Ibadan in the wake of the killing of a House of Representatives member from Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency, Temitope Olatoye, aka Sugar.

As of 9pm on Sunday, our correspondents observed that the roads had been deserted as residents stayed indoors.

Earlier on Sunday, rumours were rife that the wife of a National Union of Road Transport Workers leader, Lamidi Mukaila, aka Auxiliary, was killed, but the Oyo State Police Command spokesperson, SP Fadeyi Olugbenga, dispelled the rumours.

He said it was an attempt to heat up the already tensed polity, urging the people to be calm.

APC’s Dapo Abiodun wins Ogun gov

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the 2019 governorship.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, who announced the result and declared Abiodun winner, said the APC governorship candidate polled 241,670 votes to defeat the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, Adekunle Akinlade, who scored 222,153, leaving a margin of 19,517 votes.

Olayinka, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, said the  APC won in 11 of the 20 Local Government Areas, while the APM had six LGAs.

Ugwuanyi triumphs over Ayogu Eze, wins Enugu gov poll

In Enugu State, the incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of the PDP also won his re-election bid as he beat his opponents to win the governorship poll. Ugwuanyi cleared all the 17 Local Government Areas results.

Announcing the results, the state Returning Officer, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, said the PDP candidate polled 449,935 to defeat the APC’s Ayogu Eze who polled 10,423 to come a distant second.

Our correspondents reported that the results of the 17 LGAs as announced by Ahaneku showed that the PDP polled over 98 per cent of the total votes in the election.

Ahaneku noted that though the total accredited voters was 478,241, it was less than 30 per cent of the total registered voters in the state which, he said, stood at 1,944,803.

“By the power vested on me, I, Prof. Joesph Ahaneku, hereby declare Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the PDP, the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election held in Enugu State having scored the highest number of votes cast he is hereby returned elected,” he said.

Bagudu wins Kebbi gov poll again

INEC has also declared Governor Atiku Bagudu of the APC winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Kebbi State.

The results was announced at the state Collation Centre for the 2019 governorship election by the Collation Officer for Governorship and State Assembly Elections, Prof. Hamisu Bichi, on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi.

He said Bagudu scored 673,717 votes, while his closest rival, Isah Galaudu of the PDP, polled 106,633 votes.

Bichi said, “Atiku Bagudu of the APC, having certified the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby returned elected and declared the winner of the March 9, Saturday governorship election in the state.”

Bichi said 1,789,975 voters were registered; 820,078 accredited, while 814,084 votes were cast; with 793,388 valid votes and 20,696 votes rejected.

According to the results, Bagudu won in all the LGAs of the state.

INEC declares Inuwa Yahaya of APC winner

In Gombe State, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya of the APC won the state governorship election.

The INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Saminu Abdulrahaman, who declared the result in Gombe on Sunday, said Yahaya scored 364,179 votes to defeat his closest rival of the PDP, Usman Nafada, who polled 222,868 votes and was returned elected.

He said there were 1,394,386 registered voters, 627,457 accredited voters, 608,846 valid votes, 14,384 rejected votes and 623,230 total votes cast.

Abdulrahman, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, added that Yahaya won in 10 of the 11 LGAs of the state.

Ikpeazu wins Abia gov election, APC, APGA rejects result

Also, the candidate of the PDP in Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has been declared the winner of the governorship election in the state.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, declared him winner after polling 261, 127 to defeat his closest rival and candidate of  the APC, Uche Ogah, who garnered 99,574 votes.

He also announced that the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, polled 64, 366 votes to come third in the election.

Meanwhile, the candidates of the APC and APGA have called for the cancellation of the election.

Addressing journalists shortly after the results were declared in Umuahia, the state capital, the opposition candidates alleged that INEC breached its guidelines for the conduct of the elections in the state.

In a statement jointly signed by the candidates, they stated that they had expected INEC to cancel results from polling units where votes did not match what was on  the smart card readers, adding that reverse was the case.

The statement partly read, “The results were highly tempered with to favour the PDP, even where some of us in the opposition had warned that INEC connived with security agencies to change the result in favour of the PDP.

“We reject in totality the results of the 2019 governorship election as announced by INEC and demand its total cancellation in the entire state.”

Badaru wins re-election in Jigawa

Meanwhile, the incumbent Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, has won the governorship election in the state.

The Returning Officer for the governorship election in Jigawa, Prof. Azubike Nwankwo, who is the Provost, Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, declared the result in Dutse on Sunday.

Nwankwo said Badaru, of the APC, was returned elected with 810, 933 votes to beat his closest rival, Alhaji Aminu Ringim of the PDP, who scored 288, 356 votes, followed by Alhaji Bashir Adamu of the Social Democratic Party, who got 32,894 votes.

He explained that the total number of registered voters was 2,109,477, accredited voters, 1,169,924, total votes cast, 1, 163, 206, while valid votes stood at 1, 139, 054, and rejected votes, 24, 152.

The Returning Officer stated that the election was free and fair, adding that due process was followed before the declaration of the result.

Nwankwo had also announced that the APC won all the 30 seats for the state House of Assembly.

Emmanuel re-elected, wins in A’ Ibom

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel, has been re-elected for a second term in office.

Emmanuel secured 519,712 votes and won in the 30 LGAs in the governorship results announced by INEC, while his closest rival and candidate of the APC, Mr Nsima Ekere, garnered 171,978 and won only in Essien Udim, which is the LGA of the former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.

Declaring Emmanuel winner at 12.30am on Monday, the state Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Osasere, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Benin, Edo State, said out of the 2,119,727 registered voters in the state, only 720,064 were accredited for the election, while the total vote cast was 712,037.

All other political party agents signed the result sheet with the exception of the APC state agent, Mr Sam Akpan, who walked out of the collation centre.

Akpan, however, rejected the results, claiming that they were not a true reflection of the exercise.

He called for the cancellation of the result of the governorship election in the state.

Bello floors Nasko to win re-election in Niger

Also, the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, who contested for a second tenure on the ticket of the APC, has won the bid, according to the results of the Saturday polls announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Angela Freeman-Mary.

Freeman-Mary, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, who announced the result on Sunday in Minna, said Bello won the polls in all the 25 LGAs of the state.

According to the VC, Bello polled 526,412 votes as against Umar Nasko’s 298,065 thereby defeating the PDP candidate with a margin of 228,347 votes.

The result was declared in Minna at about 11pm on Sunday.

Umahi floors Ogbuoji, wins Ebonyi gov poll again

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State of the PDP has been declared winner of the state governorship poll.

The Returning Officer for the state governorship poll, Prof. Frank Chukwuemeka, announced Umahi winner on Sunday in Abakaliki.

According to the result, Umahi polled 393,043 votes to defeat his closest rival, Sonni Ogbuoji of the APC who polled 81,703 votes to emerge the winner.

“I, Prof. Frank Chukwuemeka, state Returning Officer for the Ebonyi State governorship election held on Saturday, March 9, hereby declare the candidate of the PDP, Chief Dave Umahi, winner of the governorship election having won the highest number of votes cast in the election.

“He has fulfilled the requirements of the law and is hereby declared winner and returned elected,” Chukwuemeka said.

APC’s Masari wins Katsina gov election

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has won the governorship poll in all the 34 LGAs of the state announced by INEC on Sunday.

Masari, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, sought re-election for another term of four years on the platform of the APC last Saturday.

The PDP’s candidate is Senator Yakubu Lado-Danmarke.

In the results announced by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, the APC scored 22,482 votes in Dutsi Local Government Area, while the PDP came second with 10,564 votes.

The re-elected governor was awaiting formal declaration of his victory by INEC as of the time of filing this report.

Ortom leads in Benue

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom, has won in nine of the 19 LGAs result declared as of the time of filing this report.

From the result so far announced on Sunday at the state headquarters of INEC in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, Ortom scored over 300,000 votes, while his closest rival, Mr Emmanuel Jime of the APC, won in 10 LGAs with a total votes of over 270,000.

The results of four remaining LGs were being awaited as of the time of filing the report.

APC sweeps Nasarawa gov poll

In Nasarawa State, the APC candidate in the governorship election, Abdullahi Sule, has been declared winner by INEC.

The APC candidate got 327,229 votes to beat his PDP challenger, David Ombugadu, who came a distant second with 184, 281 votes.

The state Returning Officer, Prof Abdullahi Bala, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, declared the result some minutes to 1am on Tuesday.

Tambuwal leads in 12 LGAs

INEC has announced results of 20 out of 23 LGAs of Sokoto State in Saturday’s governorship election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that LGAs Collation Officers announced the results before the state’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Muktar, on Sunday in Sokoto.

Muktar is the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Dutse, FUD, Jigawa State.

In the results declared so far, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP  won  in 12 out of the 20 LGAs while the APC was leading in eight LGAs.

NAN reports that Tambuwal polled a total of 429, 526 votes while Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the APC scored 416, 082 votes in the declared results from the 20 LGAs received.

However, the PDP is leading the APC with a margin of 13,444 votes in the results so far declared.

The figure of cancelled votes so far is 50,530 at different polling units across the state based on the results announced.

NEC declares Bauchi gov poll inconclusive

However, the governorship election of Bauchi State has been declared inconclusive.

The Returning Officer for the state, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, made the announcement at exactly 12am on Tuesday.

He said that the total registered voters were 2, 323, 603, while the accredited voters stood at 1, 056, 729.

According to him, the candidate of the PDP,  Bala Mohammed, got 469, 512 votes to defeat Governor Mohammed Abubabakar of the APC, who scored 465, 453 votes.

He added that the total valid votes are 1, 026, 901, the number of rejected votes was 21, 419 while the number of  total votes cast was 1, 048, 220.

Kyari of the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, said he declared the poll inconclusive because the margin of lead between the PDP and the APC candidates was 4, 059 votes.

He added, “Secondly, the number of cancelled votes even without that of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area which he had earlier cancelled was 45, 312.

“Thirdly, the total number of registered voters in the affected areas is 139, 240.

“Therefore, based on Section 26 Part 53 of the Electoral Act, I hereby declare this result inconclusive.”

He therefore directed INEC to immediately conduct a re-run in the affected areas within 21 days.

APC leads in Borno, wins 24 declared LGAs results

The candidate of the APC, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has maintained his lead in the ongoing collation of results of  Saturday’s governorship election in Borno State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the APC candidate won 24 of the 27 LGAs in the ongoing collation exercise at the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri.

The collation exercise presided over by the INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Alhassan Gali, was conducted smoothly in the presence of party agents, election observers, security agents and journalists.

NAN reports that election results from 24 of the 27 LGAs of the state were submitted for collation by their respective returning officers.

The governorship election results so far collated indicated that Zulum garnered more votes than his closest opponent, Muhammad Imam of the PDP.

The results as announced by the Returning Officer in charge of Nganzai, Dr Ibrahim  Mustapha, showed that the APC candidate scored 20, 196 as against the 907 votes scored by the PDP candidate.

INEC suspends Rivers polls, PDP fumes

Meanwhile, INEC has suspended the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State till further notice.

The commission premised its action on the widespread disruption of elections and violence.

INEC has, therefore, set up a fact-finding committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by INEC National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

The statement partly read, “Initial reports suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres, our members of staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons.

“In addition, safety of our workers appears to be in jeopardy all over the state and the commission is concerned about the credibility of the process.

“Consequently, at a meeting held today, Sunday, March 10, 2019, the commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the state until further notice.

“This is in line with Section 26 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Clause 47(e) of the regulations and guidelines of the commission.

“The commission has also established a fact-finding committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.”

However, the PDP has charged INEC to end what it described as manipulative schemes and immediately declare the result.

The party rejected INEC’s decision to suspend the electoral process in the state, after it claimed that results had been collated.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the security agencies in the state.

He said, “Our party contends that elections have been concluded in Rivers State; results of the Governorship and House of Assembly polls have been declared at the various polling units, wards and local government collation centres and all returning officers and political parties in the ballot conclusively have the figures.

“It is therefore directly incumbent on INEC to declare the final results instead of deliberately creating openings for the subversion of the final process; a development, which exposes the commission’s complicity with the Buhari Presidency and the APC to enmesh the election into unnecessary crisis.”

 

APC Plateau lawmaker Ezekiel Afon dies after winning re-election

Mr Ezekiel Afon, a lawmaker representing Pengana Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly has died hours after he was re-elected to represent the constituency.

Mr Bashir Sati, the Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state confirmed the lawmaker’s death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos.

According to Sati, Afon died Sunday afternoon after a brief illness.

“It is unfortunate that we lost Afon, one of the most dedicated members of our party and a committed lawmaker just after he was declared winner to occupy his seat again.

“Though he has been sick for a while but we received the news of his demise with rude shock,” he said.

NAN reports that Afon was first elected into the Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, but defected to the ruling APC in 2017. (NAN)

APC wins all 20 LGAs in Lagos Gov poll

Following the announcement of the results of all the local government areas in Lagos State, the All Progressives Congress has won in all the LGAs.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the collation centre when the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi, protested against the announcement of the results.

He argued that the election in the state should not have taken place at all given that the number of electoral materials were incomplete, as discovered during the distribution in the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria branch in the state on Wednesday.

Awamaridi, whose insistence drew comments from the audience, said, “On Wednesday, we pointed out that the election materials were not complete and the law says election should not start until that is resolved.

“INEC told us it would invite us when the matter is resolved, but that didn’t happen until the election took place yesterday. It is wrong.”

BREAKING: APC defeats PDP 16-0 in Kwara state

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in all 16 local government areas of Kwara state, in the gubernatorial poll.

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of the APC has been declared the winner of the Saturday poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Abdulrazaq polled 331,546 votes, effectively scoring more than twice his opponent’s vote, which stood at 114,754 votes after all 16 local government were collated by INEC.

This sort of result was las seen in Ekiti state in 2014, when Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of the state defeated APC’s Kayode Fayemi in all 16 local governments in the state.

More to follow…

Dapo Abiodun thanks God, Ogun people

Prince Dapo Abiodun, candidate of the All Progressives Congress has posted an appreciation of Almighty God and the people of Ogun state ahead of his official declaration as governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Collation of the results, council by council, is still ongoing in Abeokuta, but all indications point to his victory over Abdulkabir Akinlade, candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who ran on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement and Senator Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a post on Twitter, Abiodun wrote: “Unspeakable Joy. Limitless Happiness.We are GRATEFUL to GOD Almighty and the good people of Ogun State”.

Abiodun similarly sought God’s favour when he voted on Saturday. “I VOTED. May the Almighty God grant us VICTORY!”

And he got the victory not surprisingly as the Ogun State people rejected overwhelmingly Amosun’s stooge, Akinlade and Senator Kashamu.

From results declared so far, Abiodun led in Odeda, Ijebu East, Sagamu, Odogbolu and Ijebu-Ode, Abeokuta South local governments.

In Odeda, he polled 8030 votes, while the APM candidate got 6454 votes. PDP came home with 1041 votes. In Ijebu east, Abiodun got 10,426 almost doubling APM Votes of 5147. PDP came second with 5296 votes.

In Odogbolu, the APC candidate, who will soon be declared governor-elect polled 12,529 votes, while APM candidate got 7516 votes. PDP paled out here with 3418..

In Ijebu-Ode, Abiodun polled his highest majority of votes so far declared. He got 13,234 votes, while PDP got 7289 votes. The APM candidate got 4401 votes, according to the results declared by INEC.

APC sweeps Lagos House of Assembly polls

The All Progressives Congress has won all the 11 seats declared so far in the Lagos House of Assembly election held Saturday. There are 40 seats in the legislature.

The party won Lagos Mainland House of Assembly Constituencies I and II, crushing the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Dr Adetoun Adenuga, the Returning Officer for Lagos Mainland I Constituency, said that APC candidate, Mr Ajani Owolabi polled 17, 239 to defeat his closest rival from the PDP, Mr Shakiru Agunbiade who scored 3, 568 votes.

Dr Adetola Odubajo, the Returning Officer of Lagos Mainland House of Assembly Constituency II declared the APC candidate Mr Moshun Oshun as winner with 8,896 votes to defeat the PDP candidate, Kehinde Oyenuga who got 3, 259 votes.

The APC cruised to victory in Epe, clinching the two seats available. Candidates of the party won Constituency 1 and 2 in the town.

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared, Mr Abiodun Tobun and Mr Oluwadahunsi Ogunkelu, candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of Epe I and II state constituency election in Lagos State respectively.

The Returning Officer for Epe constituency I, Dr Aaron Adeoye from the University of Lagos, made the declaration at about 3.30am, on Sunday, at INEC Office Collation Centre in Epe.

He said that Tobun emerged winner with 19,028 votes, to defeat Mrs Elizabeth Oluwatoyin, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 2,540 votes.

Dr Adelaja Odukoya, the returning officer for Constituency 2 declared Ogunkelu as the winner with 16,227 votes to defeat his closed opponent, Mrs Dolapo Ibrahim-Sadiq, who scored, 3,765 votes.

INEC returning officers similarly declared APC candidates winners of Constituency 1 and 2.

David Setonji, the incumbent APC legislator, was declared winner of the Badagry Constituency 2, while Ibrahim Layode also of APC was re-elected for the Badagry Constituency 1.

Declaring the election results at the INEC Collation Centre in Ibereko, the Returning Officer for Badagry Constituency 1, Mrs Bosede Abiodun, announced that Setonji polled 14,533 votes to beat PDP’s Alani Ajose who scored 5,209 votes.

Mr Kareem Bestoyin from the Department of Social Science, University of Lagos and the Returning Officer of Badagry Constituency 2, declared Ibrahim Layode of APC as winner.

Layode polled 12,098 votes, to beat Gbenga Fayemi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 3,030 votes.

The total number of votes cast was 20,854 votes, with 1,534 votes rejected, while valid votes were 19,320.

APC also won Somolu 1 and 2 constituencies.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared Mr Rotimi Olowo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of Somolu 1, Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, the Returning Officer for the constituency, made the declaration at INEC Collation Centre in Somolu, Lagos on Sunday.

Otitoloju said that Olowo secured 16, 007 votes to beat his closest opponent, Mr Olawale Akanni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 2,651 votes.

According to him, 18 political parties contested for the Somolu 1 Constituency seat.

Otitoloju said, “I Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, hereby certify: that I am the returning officer for the State House of Assembly Somolu 1 Constituency election held on the 9th day of March 2019, that the election was contested.
“That Olowo Rotimi of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

Also, at the Somolu II Constituency, Mr Abiru Rotimi of APC emerged the winner with 23,444 votes.

The Returning Officer, Dr Idowu Taiwo said Abiru beat Mr Babatunde Aleshinloye-Williams of the PDP who had 7,221 votes.

Taiwo said 17 others also participated in the election.

Nollywood star, Desmond Elliot, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was also declared winner of the Surulere 1 state Constituency election.

The Returning Officer, Dr Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the University of Lagos, made the declaration on Sunday, at the Surulere Local Government Collation Centre in Lagos.

She said Elliot emerged winner with 15,357 votes, while Mr Benjamin Olasunkanmi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 3,628 votes.

APC similarly won the Lagos Island House of Assembly Constituencies 1 and 2.

Prof. Olaniyi Okedele of the University of Lagos, declared Wasiu Sanni of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner in Constituency 1, with 18,305 votes to beat his closest rival, Oluwaseun Dosunmu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 1,821 votes.

Total number of votes cast in the election was 21,237, with 914 void votes and 20, 323 valid votes.

In Constituency 2, Prof Solomon Akinboye, of University of Lagos and the Returning Officer of Lagos Island House of Assembly Constituency 2 declared Olarenwaju Afinni of APC the winner.

Akinboye said that a total of 19,121 votes were cast with 868 votes rejected and 18,253 votes valid.

He said that Olarenwaju Afinni polled 16,010 votes, followed by Sanni Ismail of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 2,096 votes.

In Agege, the APC won the two seats available. Speaker of the House Mudashiru Obasa won his Agege Constituency 1, with 17,434 votes to beat his closest rival, Tahid Muade of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 4,743 votes.

Another APC candidate, Oluyinka Ogundimu won Constituency 2, polling 19, 489 votes. He beat Adebiyi Olanrewaju of the PDP, who scored 3479 votes, according to the result declared by Mr Anthony Adebayo, an Associate Professor of the University of Lagos and the Returning Officer.

Sule, APC guber candidate leads in Nasarawa

Mr Abdullahi Sule, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State is leading in the results of Saturday’s Governorship elections declared so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The results from three local government areas of the state so far collated by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Abdullahi Bala showed APC in clear lead.

The APC candidate is followed by David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr Labaran Maku of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Mr Auwal Ibrahim, Returning Officer for Wamba Local Government Area said APC polled 15,706 votes; PDP scored 9,333, while APGA polled 1,772 votes.

Similarly in Keana Local Government Area, the Returning Officer, Aisha Bello, announced that APC scored 11,759 votes, PDP got 6,579, while APGA came third having polled 2,869 votes.

According to Awe Local Government Returning Officer, Imam Akwyede,

APC polled 29,443 votes with the PDP coming a distant second scoring 9,228, while APGA polled a total 1,801 votes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more results were being expected as the collation centre had gone on break.

INEC omits APC from Zamfara result sheets

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is not on the result sheets of the ongoing governorship and house of assembly elections in Zamfara state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) attributed the development to the court rulings on the internal crisis in Zamfara APC.

INEC had excluded the party from the 2019 elections as a result of the controversies which trailed the primary elections.

But last month, a Zamfara high court ruled that the party could field candidates in the elections.

In a statement, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, national secretary of the commission, said the party was omitted from result sheets because of the “suddenness of the court order”.

“The commission has just discovered that because of the suddenness of the court order, the party (APC) was omitted for the governorship result sheets. “This omission is deeply regretted,” the statement read.

“As a solution, the commission has decided to manually create columns in each of the Result Sheets after the last printed party, ZLP, and insert the APC.

“This does not affect any other information on the Results Sheet.”

Commenting on INEC’s readiness for the polls, Asmau Maikudi, resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, said the commission had completed all arrangements for an early start.

She said all elections materials which were distributed to all the 14 local government areas of the state under the supervision of party agents and other stakeholders had reached their destinations without any hitch.

Maikudi said the cooperation of the stakeholders in the state, especially security agencies, politicians and the media, was commendable.

Court orders arrest of APC guber candidate in Akwa Ibom

A magistrate court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, has issued a warrant for the arrest of Nsima Ekere, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Akwa Ibom state, over a N2.4 billion fraud.

The development comes hours to the governorship and state houses of assembly elections scheduled for March 9, 2019.

S.D. Andrew-Jaja, chief magistrate, issued the warrant of arrest with charge number PMC/MSC/15/2019, following the ploy doctored by the governorship candidate to boycott court judgement.

The court also held that Ekere should be arrested alongside Katungo Moljengo, director of legal service of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The court order, bearing the seal and signature of S.T. Dappa, principal registrar of the court, indicated that the arrest warrant against Ekere and Moljengo was issued “in Port Harcourt under the seal of the court and hand of the presiding chief magistrate, this 5th day of March 2019″.

Speaking at a press conference in Uyo, V.C. Edward Ekpo, a lawyer representing Multi-Intelligence Development Ltd, disclosed what led to the issuance of the arrest warrant.

“In 2011, four companies were awarded contracts by NDDC.  Having executed the job worth over N2.4 billion, were denied payment after obtaining loans from banks, individuals among other financial institutions to service the contract,” Ekpo said.

“We approached the court and obtained judgement from the High Court of Justice, Abuja but what followed was indescribable level of corruption, where Nsima Ekere conspired with Director of Legal Service, Kaltungo Moljengo to defeat the execution of justice”.

The lawyer was displeased with the act which he said was against Criminal Code Act of Section 518(1) and (6) CAP. C 38, laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.

Ekpo appealed to the inspector general of police to implement the court order and get Ekere arrested with immediate effect in compliance with the order of court, and ensure that he is put in prison within 24 hours ultimatum.

He also advised the current management of NDDC to desist from transacting businesses with the duo.

Three ADC House of Reps candidates defect to APC

Three House of Representatives candidates of the African Democratic Congress, ADC in Ogun State on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The candidates sealed their defection on Thursday after a visit to the APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, at his country home in Iperu, Ogun State.

They are Jenriyo Osinowo (Ijebu North East and Waterside Federal Constituency), Lanre Oyemade (Remo Federal Constituency) and Prof. Gabriel Onalaja (Ijebu Central Federal Constituency).

With the development, the number of defecting leaders and candidates of the ADC in Ogun keeps swelling.

Last Thursday, the Ogun East senatorial candidate of the ADC, Deji Ashiru, announced his defection to the APC and was immediately joined by a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Titi Oseni-Gomez.

Titi Oseni-Gomez said she decided to join the APC after consulting with her family members, constituency and other party stakeholders.

The new three defecting candidates, who were led to the APC governorship candidate’s house by Ashiru, said Thursday that they were convinced that Abiodun would win the governorship elections. “The three of us are moving to the APC to ensure the success of Abiodun,” Oyemade said.

Ashiru said he believed that the APC candidate was already rich and was not in politics to steal government money.

“We want our people to go out en masse and vote for Dapo Abiodun. The handwriting is already on the wall that the pendulum is swinging towards him.

“Today, he is the most credible candidate. He is a businessman and an entrepreneur. He is in this game because people have been completely disenfranchised from governance.

“He is not going there to steal money; he is already made. We are giving him all our support and that is why I am leading the three candidates to join me in this course. Ogun East has the largest number of voters in Ogun State and that is a plus for him,” he added.

The Director General of the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation, Segun Adesegun, a former deputy governor, said the credibility of the APC candidate was drawing people to him.

He said, “The candidate is a man of character and extra-ordinary entrepreneurship. It is obvious that a lot of people will want to associate with him, especially with the performance of the APC in the last election.

“I cannot say I am surprised and I cannot say I am not surprised. We are happy to welcome them.