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Gov polls: The winners!

Re-elected: Makinde, Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu, AbdulRazaq, Yahaya, Buni in Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe •New govs: Eno, Namadi, Radda, Aliyu in Akwa-Ibom, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto •Leading: Fubara, Oborevwori, Otu, Nwifuru, Edeoga, lead in Rivers, Delta, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, among others

Seyi Odewale, Linus Aleke and Jacob Ogodo

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and his counterparts in Oyo, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe, Seyi Makinde, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Inuwa Yahaya, and Mai Mala Buni respectively have been re-elected for a second term of four years.

In Ogun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday declared Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election held on Saturday after polling 276,298 votes.

He defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Oladipupo Adebutu, who polled 262,383 votes, and 12 other candidates. Abiodun defeated Adebutu with 13,915 votes.

The returning officer of the governorship election in the state, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, declared Abiodun at the collation centre of the commission in the state.

Adebowale said a total of 2,688,305 was the total registered voters while accredited voters were 666,406

On the valid votes, Adebowale said a total of 645,133 votes were valid while 18,835 votes were rejected. He said a total of 663,968 votes were cast.

The APC won in Odeda, Egbado-North, Egbado-South, Ewekoro, Ijebu-North, Ijebu-Ode, Ipokia , Abeokuta-North. Ado-Odo/Ota, Ifo, Obafemi-Owode, and Imeko-Afon local government areas of the state.

The PDP won in Abeokuta-South, Ogun Waterside, Ijebu-North/East, Ikenne, Ijebu-East, Remo-North, Odogbolu, and Sagamu.

Rivers PDP Mocks Abe, Amaechi, Cole, Others: We won in the field

Other results are: Accord Party (AP) polled 724 votes; Action Alliance (AA) 382; African Action Congress (AAC) 2613; Action Democratic Congress (ADC) 94,753; Action Democratic Party (ADP) 2770; Allied People Movement (APM) 2066; Action Peoples Party (APP) 207; New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) 1394; National Rescue Movement (NRM) 779; Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) 248 and Social Democratic Party (SDP) 515.

In Oyo State, Governor Makinde of the PDP was declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.

Makinde polled 563,756 votes to beat his close rival Teslim Folarin of APC who scored 256,685 votes, while Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party scored 38,357 votes.

“That Makinde Oluseyi having satisfied the requirement of the law is declared winner of the poll,” The state Returning Officer, Olusola Kehinde, said.

Makinde won 31 out of the 33 LGAs in the state, while Folarin came second by winning two local governments of Irepo and Ore-lope.

The governor contested against Folarin, a three-term Senator, and Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party, who was the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Also, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was in the early hours of today re-elected.

He polled a total of 762,134 votes, defeating Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the LP who scored 312,329 votes, followed by Abdul-Azeez Adediran aka Jandor with 62,449 votes.

Sanwo-Olu was declared the winner at 1:15 am on Monday morning, almost 48 hours after the electoral exercise commenced.

The INEC announced the results at the commission’s state collation centre, but not without the LP collation agent condemning the exercise.

In Kwara State, Governor AbdulRazaq won the poll to serve a second term of another four years in office under the platform of the APC.

The governor beat the two-third requirement and won in all the 16 local government areas of the state in the election results declared by the INEC Returning officer for the polls, Prof Isaac Itodo, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Makurdi, Benue State.

AbdulRazaq polled 273,424 votes to beat his closest rival, Alhaji Yaman Abdullahi of the PDP who scored 155,490 votes in the election.

The commission had on Saturday night started an announcement of the 2023 governorship election results with only that of three local government areas with the governor clearing the three local government areas of Ekiti, Isin, and Offa local government areas.

At the resumed announcement of the election results yesterday, which lasted till evening, the APC governor also won in additional 13 local government areas.

In Gombe State, INEC declared Governor Yahaya of the APC as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.

The incumbent governor polled 342,821 to emerge the winner having defeated his closest challenger and candidate of the PDP, Muhammad Barde, who scored 233,131, and the NNPP’s Khamisu Mailantarki, who recorded 19,861 votes.

Announcing the result at the collation centre, the state returning officer, Prof Maimuna Waziri, who doubles as the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Gashua, Yobe State, said the APC candidate emerged winner having polled the highest votes.

Out of 11 local government areas, Barde won two, while the APC cleared nine LGAs to emerge victorious.

Waziri said, “Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya 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 returned elected.”

According to the returning officer, Gombe has 1,575,794 registered voters out of which 618,231 were accredited.

He added that 605,355 were the total valid votes, while 11,390 votes were voided with 616,745 as the total votes cast.

Based on the results earlier announced for Gombe LGA, the APC scored 58,645 votes, while the candidate of the PDP scored 31,605, and the NNPP recorded 4,878 votes.

For Kwami LGA, the APC won by 33,956 votes, while the PDP scored 17,454 and the NNPP 1,087 votes; Yalmatu Deba of the APC won with 43,981, the PDP had 28,538 and the NNPP recorded 2,320; Funakaye LGA – the APC scored 30,371, the PDP recorded 17,332 and the NNPP 606; Akko LGA – the APC scored 50,919, the PDP scored 36,759 and the NNPP recorded 2,953.
Others are: Shongom LGA, APC – 14,752 votes, PDP – 23,066, NNPP – 3421; Nafada LGA – the APC scored 15,025, the PDP scored 9,378, and the NNPP recorded 411; Balanga LGA APC scored 25,341, PDP recorded 20085, NNPP polled 1,130; Dukku LGA APC won with 35,207, the PDP scored 14,181, and the NNPP recorded 1,079; Kaltungo LGA – the APC scored 21,015, the PDP won with 21,321 and the NNPP recorded 1,129; Billiri LGA – the APC recorded 14,752, the PDP won with 23,066 and the NNPP polled 3,421 votes.

Mai Mala Buni has been re-elected Governor of Yobe State winning in all 17 local government areas of the state with a total of 317,113 votes.

The candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Sharif Abdulahi, came a distant second with a total score of 104,259

Announcing the results, at the INEC office in Damaturu, the Returning Officer for the election, Prof Umar Pate, the VC of the Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State, said accredited voters were 459,492, valid votes 444,567, and the total votes cast are 457,781.

*Eno, Namadi, Radda, Aliyu in Akwa-Ibom, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto

For the first timers, the INEC in Akwa Ibom State declared Umo Eno of the PDP as the winner of the 2023 governorship election.

Declaring the results at the INEC headquarters in Uyo yesterday, the State Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, Prof Emmanuel Adigio, said the PDP candidate polled a total of 356,346 votes to defeat his opponents of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and APC, who scored a total of 136,262 and 129,602 respectively.

The NNPP followed with 12,509 votes, while the Labour Party polled 4,746 votes and others trail in that order.

He said, “That the Pastor Umo Eno of the PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law is here declared winner of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.”

Eno won in 29 out of 31 local government areas of the state, while his opponent in the YPP, Senator Bassey Akpan, won in only two LGAs.

Another first-time governor was declared the winner of the election in Jigawa State. Governor-elect, Malam Umar Namadi, of the APC, won the election as announced by the Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Umar Zaiyan of Federal University Birnin Kebbi.

Zaiyan said that Namadi scored 618,449 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Mustapha Sule Lamido who polled 368,726 votes.

He said, “I Prof. Umar Zaiyan hereby certify that Umar Namadi of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the Law is declared the winner of the Jigawa governorship election.”

According to him, 1.07 million voters were accredited in the March 18 election with 1.05 million votes cast, out of which 1.03 million votes were the total valid votes cast at the exercise.

The 60-year-old politician and chartered accountant also defeated Malam Aminu Ringim of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) who clinched 37,156 votes.

The PDP had earlier called on the returning officer to declare a section of the election as inconclusive.

When the party agents were called in by Zaiyan to sign the result sheets containing the scores of each candidate in the governorship contest, the PDP’s agent, Malam Abubakar, declined to endorse it.
He said that the returning officer ought to have addressed his complaints before proceeding to perfect the formalities of signing the result sheets, as such he left the collation centre without signing the result.

*Fubara, Oborevwori, Otu, Otti, Nwifuru, Edeoga, lead in Lagos, Rivers, Delta, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, among others

Meanwhile Simi Fubara (PDP, Rivers), Sherriff Oborevwori (PDP, Delta), Bassey Otu (APC, Cross River) Alex Otti (LP, Abia), Nwifuru (APC, Ebonyi), Edeoga (LP, Enugu) are all coasting to victory.

In Delta State, the candidate of the PDP, Oborevwori has clinched nine out of the 11 LGAs announced by INEC. His closest rival and candidate for the APC, Ovie Omo-Agege has won two so far. Delta State has 25 LGAs.

In Rivers State, the governorship candidate of the PDP, Siminalayi Fubara, who is the anointed candidate of Governor Nyesom Wike, has cleared eight LGAs in the state, according to the state governorship election results collated so far.
The eight LGAs so far announced include Etche; Tai; Opobo Nkoro; Gokana; Ogu Bolo; Eleme; Ikwerre; and Oyigbo.

In Ebonyi State, INEC has postponed the collation of the results of Saturday’s governorship election.

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