COMPLETE STORY OF THE APRIL 11 GUBER AND HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS – Ambode teaches Agbaje bitter political lessons in Lagos
The April 11, 2015 Governorship and House of Assembly elections have come and gone and the results are here. YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine monitored it and brings you all the happenstances: jinx breakers, upsets, first timers and more…
APC’S MASARI AND FORMER SPEAKER WINS IN KATSINA
It all started in the home of the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd., where former Speaker of the House of Representatives and All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari, polled 943,085 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Musa Nashuni, who got 476,768 votes.
… BAUCHI TOO
The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, beat the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Auwal Jatau. Abubakar, of the APC, won with 654,934 votes ahead of Jatau of the PDP, who got 282,650. APC won 19 of the 20 Local Government Areas while the PDP was left with one LGA. Meanwhile, the PDP chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu is from there. Likewise the governor, Alhaji Isa Yuguda and the FCT minister, Mallam Bala Mohammed.
ALSO IN KWARA STATE
Incumbent Governor and APC’s Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State also won with a landslide. He who polled 295,802 votes to defeat his major opponent, Simeon Ajibola of the PDP, who scored 111,220.
…AND IN KANO, BENUE, YOBE
The APC candidate, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is also the current deputy governor of Kano State, won with 1,546,434 votes. He defeated PDP’s Salihu Sagir Takai, who scored 509,726 votes. With this feat, APC, for the first time in the history of the state, excelled in all the 484 wards, and now have 40 members of state House of Assembly, 24 House of Representatives and 3 seats in the senate.
… APC also won in Benue State. Samuel Ortom raced to victory by polling 387,753 votes as against PDP’s Terhemen Tarzoor, who scored 296,189 votes.
And in Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam of APC polled 334, 847 votes to defeat Adamu Waziri of the PDP,who had 179, 700 votes.
OBASANJO DELIVERS FOR APC AGAIN
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo made his intensions known when he tore his PDP membership card. The All Progressives Congress again won the governorship and House of Assembly elections at his polling station, Ward II, Unit 22, Olusomi Compound, in the Totoro-Sokori area of Abeokuta, just like they did during the presidential and National Assembly elections on March 28.
The APC candidates for the governorship and House of Assembly elections defeated the candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party and Unity Party of Nigeria, among others.
In the governorship election, APC polled 95 votes, PDP 4, UPN 8, while SDP polled 11 votes. In the House of Assembly race, APC polled 85 votes, PDP 8, while SDP polled 14 votes.
AMBODE TEACHES JIMI AGBAJE BITTER POLITICAL LESSONS
With the political atmosphere in Lagos State heated after Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s unfortunate comments against the Igbos, PDP’s Jimi Agbaje’s chances seemed brightened. Nonetheless, All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, still showed his opponent that politics is a game of numbers. With the support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola and so many other notable APC stalwarts, Ambode won in 15 out of the 20 local government areas in Lagos, while Agbaje shone in just five: Ojo, Oshodi, Surulere, Ajeromi and Amuwo. The pharmacist turned politician who has conceded defeat and congratulated Ambode has since vowed never to contest again after this bitter lesson.
Figures from INEC showed that Ambode polled 811,994 votes while Agbaje got 659,788; a difference of 152, 206 votes.
PDP RETAINS EBONYI
Mr. Dave Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party was declared winner of the governorship election in Ebonyi State.
He polled 289, 867 votes, from the 466, 312 total valid votes cast. He won in all the 13 local government areas of the state. The Labour Party candidate, Mr. Edward Nkwegu, came second with 124, 817. The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Julius Ucha, came third, after polling 27, 583 votes.
…AKWA IBOM TOO
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Udom Emmanuel, won the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.
The announcement came amidt calls for the cancellation of the polls over allegations of widespread violence and irregularities.
At least, three people were killed on Saturday during the elections, the police confirmed on Sunday.
Announcing the result of the election on Sunday in Uyo, the Returning Officer, James Epoke, said Mr. Emmanuel scored 996, 071 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Umana Umana, who polled 89, 865 votes.
Emmanuel won in all the 31 local government areas in the state.
EL-RUFAI SACKS YERO IN KADUNA, SCORES 1.1 MILLION VOTES
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, is now a Governor! He was declared winner of the Kaduna State governorship election.
According to INEC in Kaduna, El-Rufai polled 1,117,635 million votes from across the 23 local government areas of the state to defeat the incumbent governor and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mukhtar Yero, who polled 485,833 votes.
SPEAKER, TAMBUWAL DEFEATS IN-LAW
The current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, of the All Progressives Congress, sacked his in-law and former political benefactor, Abdallah Wali of the PDP. Tambuwal scored 647,609 votes to beat his major rival, who polled 269,074 votes. Tambuwal is married to one of Wali’s sisters, Mariya, same father, same mother.
ROCHAS OKOROCHA RE-ELECTED IN IMO
Imo State’s incumbent governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has been re-elected. With results from 26 of the state’s 27 local governments collated, Okorocha clearly defeated his main challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Emeka Ihedioha.
Okorocha scored 371,206 votes while Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, had 305,320 votes in the bag. The APC candidate is ahead of Mr. Ihedioha by 66,086 votes.
The only outstanding local government – Oru East – has 65, 735 registered votes. So, even if all the voters there go for Ihedioha, he still would not be able to catch up with Okorocha.
With his victory, the APC has succeeded in holding on to the only state it controls in Nigeria’s South-East geo-political zone.
NUHU RIBADU SUFFERS LOSS AGAIN
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, a globally respected anti-corruption czar and the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, who was also the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 presidential election, only to later decamp to Peoples Democratic Party, was defeated again as the PDP’s governorship candidate in Adamawa State by his APC challenger, Jibrilla Bindow. Ribadu ran a difficult race with leading members of his own party secretly and openly sabotaging his effort to be governor.
Before the final result in the Adamawa state governorship election was declared, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election had conceded defeat by calling to congratulate his opponent and promising to work with him.
AJIMOBI IS A JINX BREAKER
In Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi of the APC, became the first governor of the state to clinch a second term in office. He defeated former governors, Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party and Adebayo Alao-Akala of Labour Party, in the race.While the governor polled 327,310 votes; Ladoja had 254,520 and Alao-Akala, 184,111. PDP’s Teslim Folarin came a distant fourth, with 79,019 votes.
PDP HOLDS ON TO SOUTH-SOUTH, SOUTH EAST
The PDP cleared the votes in all the 18 LGAs in Cross River State in the governorship election and returned the party’s candidate, Prof. Ben Ayade. He polled a total of 342,016 against his APC counterpart, Odey Ochicha’s 53,983 votes and Labour Party, Fidelis Ugbo’s 36,918 votes.
PDP’s candidates, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, Dave Umahi in Ebonyi State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State all triumphed in their states respectively.
Umahi garnered 289, 867 votes as against Labour Party’s Edward Nkwegu,who came second with 124, 817 votes. Ugwuanyi polled 482,227 votes to defeat Okey Ezeah of the APC, who got 43,839 votes.
IN RIVERS, NYESOM WIKE LAUGHS LAST
Dr. Dakuku Peterside of APC failed in his bid to rule the oil rich Rivers State as he lost to former Education Minister, Nyesom Wike of PDP who polled 1, 029,102 as against 124,896 votes scored by Peterside. The election was marred by protests since the March 28 Presidential election when the State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, gathered thousands of APC supporters to call for the cancellation of results. Even international observers attested that there was no election in the state.
APC’S BELLO WINS IN NIGER
All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Niger State, Abubakar Bello, won the state’s governorship election. Bello polled 593,702 votes to defeat Umar Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party, who got 239,772 votes.
The APC governorship candidate won in 23 of the 25 local government areas.
The APC governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Senator Jibrilla Mohammed Bindow, is the winner of the 2015 governorship election in the state. Bindow landed 362,329 votes to defeat the governorship candidate of the PDP, Engr. Markus Gundiri, his closest opponent, who polled 181,806 votes.
ALSO IN KEBBI
All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kebbi State was also declared winner of the governorship polls after scoring 477,376 votes to beat Bello Sarkin-Yaki of the Peoples Democratic Party, who garnered 293,443 in the contest.
APC’S LALONG SHINES IN PLATEAU
The governorship candidate of the APC in Plateau State, Simon Lalong, emerged winner of the governorship election in the state. Lalong scored 537,050 to beat the PDP candidate in the election, Senator Gyang Pwajok, who polled 501,938.
ALL THE GUBER ELECTION RESULTS
Results of the governorship election held in some states in Nigeria on Saturday, April 11, 2015 are already trickling in. So far, the All Progressives Congress (APC) are leading in about 14 states; their closest rival, PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) has only about 6 states, with about 3 others (Rivers, Plateau, Abia) still inconclusive.
Below is a breakdown of the results and the winners as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Although there’s been pockets of protests in some of the states, and some of the candidates and their agents alleging election malpractices…
STATE APC PDP NAMES
Ogun 306,988 201,440 Ibikunle Amosun
Enugu 43,839 482,277 Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Oyo 327,310 79,019 Abiola Ajimobi
Katsina 943,085 476,768 Aminu Masari
Kwara 295,802 111,220 Abdulfatah Ahmed
Kaduna 1,117,635 485,833 Nasir el- Rufai
Akwa Ibom 89,865 996,071 Emmanuel Udom
Benue 387,753 296,189 Samuel Ortom
Imo 392,093 307,197 Rochas Okorocha
Lagos 811,994 659,788 Akinwunmi Ambode
Yobe 654,934 179,700 Ibrahim Geidam
Bauchi 654,934 282,650 Muhammed Abubakar
Gombe 205,132 285,369 Ibrahim Dankwambo
Ebonyi 27,583 289,867 Dave Umahi
Sokoto 647,609 269,074 Aminu Tambuwal
Jigawa 647,351 479,843 Abubakar Badaru
Kano 1,546,434 509,726 Umar Ganduje
Kebbi 477,376 293,433 Atiku Bagudu
Rivers 124,896 1,029,102 Nyesom Wike
Adamawa 362,329 98,917 Jibrilla Bindow
Bornu ? ? Kashim Shettima
Zamfara 716,964 201,938 Abdul Azeez Abubakar
Nasarawa 309,746 119,782 Tanko Almakura
Delta 67,825 724,680 Ifeanyi Okowa
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