- Udom, Ugwuanyi, Dankwambo, Ortom win
- Ribadu, Yero, Agbaje crash out
Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, has dealt outgoing Governor, Rotimi Amaechi a devastating blow by overwhelmingly defeating his political godson and All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship candidate, Hon. Peterside Dakuku, in the Saturday polls.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had ordered a re-run in 16 wards in Abua/Odual, Gokana, Tai, Eleme, Asari-Toru and parts of Obio/Akpor local government areas, results collated at the time of filing this report, showed that Wike had won in 16 of the 17 councils so far declared. Wike scored 737, 158 votes to beat Dakuku, who polled 77,410. The results of the remaining councils were yet to be announced by INEC as at dusk, yesterday.
There are strong indications that no matter the performance of Dakuku in the affected councils, he would not be able to close the chasm and upturn Wike’s victory.
The details of the result as announced by the returning officers are: Abua/Odual – PDP 46,392. APC 790; Asari Toru – PDP 32,150, APC 566; Tai – PDP 32,988, APC 2,219; Omuma – PDP 10,735, APC 3,376.
Eleme – PDP 3,079, APC 10,522; Ahoada West – PDP 15,575. APC 13, 175; Andoni – PDP 70,317, APC 300; ONELGA – PDP 67,864, APC 9,53; Opobo/Nkoro – PDP 2,345, APC 5,455; Khana-PDP 33,559, APC 9,532; Ahoada East – PDP 14,100, APC 4,011, and Gokana – PDP 62,218, APC 734.
Others are Ogu/Bolo, PDP 33,559, APC 742; Obio/Akpor – PDP 224,888, APC 9,844; Oyigbo -PDP 7,559, APC 6,529; Akuku Toru – PDP 64,498, APC 3,010 and Okrika LGA – PDP 47, 891, APC 1,631.
Udom humiliates Umana Umana
In Akwa Ibom State, the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, also defeated his APC counterpart, Mr. Umana Umana.
Emmanuel recorded polled 996,071 votes to defeat Umana Umana, who garnered only 89,865 votes.
The INEC Collation Officer, Prof. James Ekpoki, declared Emmanuel as the winner of the contest.
The candidates of Accord Party polled 10,598; Labour Party 8,600 and Alliance for Democracy, APA and APGA receiving 587, 689, 768,823 votes, respectively.
Ekpoki, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, stated that total valid votes cast were 1,110,580 while rejected votes were 12,256 votes.
The total number of registered voters was 1,548,531 while total number of accredited voters stood at 1,158,624.
Yero congratulates El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor and candidate of the PDP in Saturday’s gubernatorial election, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has conceded defeat to his opponent, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of the APC, even as the collation of results was yet to be concluded by INEC.
Governor Yero called El-Rufai at exactly 3pm to congratulate him.
Spokesperson of El-Rufai Campaign Organisation, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed that Yero called to concede defeat and congratulate El-Rufai at about 3pm.
According to him, “He congratulated El-Rufai and wished him success. He prayed for peace and development of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large. El-Rufai in his response thanked Yero and wished him all the best, saying, he hopes to see you him soon,” Aruwan claimed.
Amosun crushes Isiaka, Odunsi in Ogun
There was wild jubilation yesterday in Ogun State as Governor Ibikunle Amosun clinched victory in the April 11 gubernatorial election.
Amosun defeated the his closest rival and PDP’s Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka who is the political son of former Governor Gbenga Daniel and the candidate of Social Democratic Party, SDP and the favourite of former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Senator Akin Odunsi.
Announcing the results from the 20 local government areas of the state, INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Duro Oni, said Amosun polled 306, 988 votes to defeat Isiaka and Odunsin who scored 201, 440 and 25, 826 votes, respectively.
Oni said that elections were not held in nine polling units in Odeda, Waterside and Sagamu local government areas, but was quick to declare that the cancelled votes of 2,343 did not affect the overall results of the election.
Ugwuanyi marches to Enugu Lion House
The PDP governorship candidate for Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has won the governorship election. Ugwuanyi polled 482,277 to defeat his opponents in the race to the Lion Building.
The returning officer, Prof. Hillary Edeoga of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, who announced the result at INEC headquarters, said Ugwuanyi scored above the statutory 25 percent of the votes cast.
Edeoga also announced that Chief Okey Ezea of the APC with 43,839 votes to beat the People for Democratic Congress, PDC, Hon. KGB Oguakwa to the third position. Oguakwa polled a total vote of 4,813 from the 17 local government areas of the state.
Ribadu crashes out in Adamawa
The Adamawa State gubernatorial election was won by the APC candidate, Senator Bindow Umaru Jibrilla. Malam Nuhu Ribadu of the PDP, came a distant third in the results collated from 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state
The Social Democratic Party, SDP candidate, Markus Gundiri trailed behind the APC candidate.
Dankwambo wins in Gombe
The incumbent Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has been re-elected for another four-year term in a keenly contested election in the state.
The governor, who flew the PDP flag, defeated Inuwa Yahaya of the APC with a total of 285,369 votes to 205,132 votes.
Prof. Saminu Ibrahim, INEC Returning Officer, who declared the results yesterday, said Gombe recorded a total of 1,102,853 registered voters and 535,081 accredited for the election.
He said that 506,768 voted in the election from which 493,611 valid votes were recorded and 13,151 declared invalid.
Reacting, Alhaji Farouk Yarma commended INEC for a job well done; saying the outcome of the governorship election was expected.
He said Governor Dankwambo had achieved a lot to deserve the second term mandate and “without disappoint, the people have spoken very well through their mandate.
Ambode dusts Agbaje with 811,994 votes
The Lagos State INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Isaac Ajewole, yesterday declared the APC’s governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as the winner of the election.
Ambode polled 811,994 to defeat his closest rival and PDP’s Jimi Agbaje who got votes 659,788.
The APC candidate won 15 local government areas compared to the five clinched by his PDP rival with a vote deferential of 152,206. Both parties met 25 percent in all the local government areas of the state.
Agbaje yesterday evening put a phone call to Ambode to congratulate him on his victory in the contest. He made the call at about 6.50pm.
Okowa leads in Delta
In Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP had won in 10 of the 11 local government areas announced at the time of going to press by INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Bio Nyanannyo, in Asaba.
Chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party won only in Udu local government area of the state with 15,857 votes.
The ten Local Government Areas where Senator Okowa won so far to include Okpe 12,165 votes; Ika North-East 72,612 votes; Patani 16,421 votes; Ethiope West 31,890 votes; and Oshimili South with 47, 938 votes.
Other local government areas were Sapele where he pulled 13, 837 votes; Bomadi 51,974 votes; Isoko North 44,209 votes; Oshimili North 19, 368 votes and Isoko South 30, 355 votes.
The results of the remaining 14 local government area were still being awaited at INEC headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.