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PDP’s Bala Mohammed upstages Gov Abubakar in Bauchi

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55 lawyers to defend Bauchi Gov-elect at Tribunal

*Party wins guber elections in Sokoto, Benue; APC retains Plateau

*Abuja Court to take final decision on Bauchi rerun

* Ganduje set to emerge as violence mars rerun in Kano

*Declaring him winner will throw Kano into “unprecedented political crisis” – PDP candidate

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed at the weekend defeated Governor Muhammad Abubakar of Bauchi state following the conclusion of the supplementary election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Senator Mohammed, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled over 6, 376 votes to beat the incumbent governor of the All Progressives Congress, APC who polled 5, 117 votes.

The Returning Officer Professor Kyari Mohammed made the announcement on Sunday, a day after the exercise took place in the state.

The Returning Officer, however, noted that he is in no position to make a return because the case involving the Tafawa Balewa LGA is still in court.

The results of the supplementary election held in 36 polling units consolidated the leading margin of the PDP candidate who was earlier leading with 2,059 votes before INEC cancelled the entire votes from Tafawa Balewa local government over alleged mutilation of result sheet.

The outcome of the election in respect of 19 out of the 20 Local Government Areas in the state, earlier conducted on March 9, indicated that Mohammed polled 469,512 votes while Abubakar scored 465, 453 votes.

With the release of the rerun election result, conducted in 36 polling units across 15 Local Government Areas, the total votes scored by Mohammed increased to 475,888 votes, while that of Abubakar rose to 470, 570 votes, a difference of 5,318 votes.

With the conclusion of the supplementary elections, the State Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is awaiting the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja on the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, before determining the governor-elect.

Incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar, had dragged INEC to court to challenge the decision of the electoral body directing the continuation of collation of results of the area, having earlier declared same as inconclusive.

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday slated March 25 to deliver judgment on a suit seeking to stop (INEC) from resuming collation or announcing result of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel in the matter adopted their written addresses.

He said the matter was filed on March 18, and by March 21, counsel has adopted written addresses and judgment would be delivered on March 25, 2019.

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was at the weekend compelled to shift announcement of the result of the rerun election in Kano state following widespread violence that characterized the conduct of the poll in the state.

Violence and disruption of polling were widespread as an army of thugs reportedly took over polling activities in several local government areas (LGAs), including Nasarawa, Dala, Karaye and Gaya.

Political thugs took over the elections forcing voters to vote along a particular party line, stoning voters and violently disrupting the polls.

Following violent disruption of voting process by some hired thugs, officers and men of the Nigeria Police officers on Supplementary Election Duty on Saturday arrested the Kano State Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Muktar Yakasai.

Alhaji Yakasai was arrested along with some thugs that he led to disrupt voting process specifically at Yelwa Secondary School, Dala Local Government Area of the state.

Some of the thugs were reported to have brutalized some voters, journalists and election observers in Kano. Some of the journalists had their cameras destroyed while about four were injured.

It was also gathered that from some of the observers on ground that violence broke out in Gama ward which forced the police to fire tear gas to disperse youth who were becoming frantic.

In Benue state governor Samuel Ortom retained his seat after defeating the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Emmanuel Jime.

Ortom was declared winner on Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after the supplementary election held in some polling units across the state.

Announcing the result on Sunday, the Returning Officer, Prof Sebastian Maimako, said Ortom of the PDP polled 434,473 votes to humble APC’s Jime, who came behind with 345,155 votes, thus, winning with 89,318 margin.

In Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP on Sunday survived the tough challenge of Ahmed Aliyu and his godfather Senator Aliyu Wamakko of the All Progressives Congress to win re-election for a second term.

Although he lost in the collated result for 35 polling units in Kebbe LGA, he was able to edge his opponent, his former deputy, by retaining the lead, winning by just 341 votes.

He polled 512002 votes, while his APC challenger got 511661 votes.

The returning officer Professor Fatima Mukhtar, vice chancellor of Federal University of Dutse is set to announce the final result for all the 22 LGAs.

In Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, the gubernatorial candidate of the APC was declared winner of the rerun gubernatorial election in the State.

Lalong gathered 595,582 votes to win, with his closest rival, Jeremiah Useni, a retired Army General who was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), polling 546,813 votes.

Prof Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer, presented the result on Sunday in Jos on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Plateau.

“The valid votes totaled 1,159,954, with the rejected votes standing at 16,188, while the total vote cast was 1, 176, 142,” he said.

In Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress is on course to win reelection as governor of Kano State, according to vote tallies announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The returning officer, Bello Shehu, for the supplementary poll held on Saturday has announced results of the rerun, but said he would require one hour to add the results of the first election on March 9, before declaring the winner

Mr Ganduje scored 45,876 votes from the supplementary election as against 10,239 scored by Abba Yusuf of the PDP, according to the announcement by the officer.

At the end of collation after the March 9 election, before the election was declared inconclusive, Mr Yusuf scored 1,014,474 votes to beat Mr Ganduje who had 987,819 votes, leaving a difference of 26,655.

With the result of the supplementary election just announced, Mr Ganduje should now have 1,033,695, while Mr Yusuf should have 1,024,713.

That leaves a margin of 8,982 votes.

The PDP candidate has already rejected the results, warning INEC against declaring Mr Ganduje winner.

Mr Yusuf said doing otherwise will throw the state into “unprecedented political crisis”.

Saturday vote was marred by widespread violence and voter intimidation, observers said.

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