PDP candidate emerges winner of FCT senatorial election

PDP candidate emerges winner of FCT senatorial election

- The PDP senatorial candidate in the FCT senatorial election, Senator Philip Aduda, has been declared winner of the exercise

- Aduda scored a total of 263,055 votes to defeat his opponents in the APC and SDP who scored 148,401 and 2,509 votes respectively

- The collation officers of the various area councils in the FCT gave a breakdown of votes in their councils

The senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Senator Philip Aduda, has been declared winner of the Saturday, February 23 senatorial election.

Aduda won in all the six area councils in the territory.

Declaring the results on Monday evening, February 25, the returning officer, Prof Sani Saka, said that Aduda scored a total of 263,055 votes across all the area councils to emerge winner, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jisalo Zephaniah, scored 148,401 to emerge second while the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Johnson Somadina, came third with a total of 2,509 votes.

Earlier, the collation officer for the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Prof Muhammed Ndagi of the University of Abuja, said that Aduda scored 127,567 votes to defeat the closest contestant and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jasilo Zephaniah, who got 61,692 votes.

Ndagi, however, said that there were cases of over voting in Polling Unit 005, Gwarimpa Primary School and Polling Unit 007, Kado Housing Estate, which led to the cancellation of elections in the units.

He blamed the situation on the use of manual accreditation to solve incidents of failure of smart card readers to recognise some voters.

The Bwari Area Council collation officer, Prof Simon Kawe of the University of Abuja, while making his presentation, said that the area had a total of 230,269 registered voters.

He said that the total number of accredited voters were 84,541 and that the total valid votes cast was 77,700 as 2,697 votes were rejected.

Aduda of the PDP scored 51,797 votes to beat the closest contestant and candidate of the APC, Jisalo Zephania, who got 22,775 votes.

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Johnson Somadina, scored 749 votes.

Also, the Kuje Area Council collation officer, Prof Tony Onyishi of the Federal University Abuja, in his presentation, said that the total number of voters in the area was 122,051 and that accredited voters were 44,562.

He said that the total votes cast was 42,604 and that the total valid votes were 41,407 while a total of 1,197 votes were rejected.

He said that Aduda of the PDP scored 25,190 votes to defeat all the other contestants while Zephaniah of the APC scored 15,441 to emerge second position in the contest.

Earlier on Sunday, February 24, 2019, the collation officer in Abaji Area Council reported that Aduda got 11,290 votes to beat Zephania who got 11,276 votes.

In Kwali Area Council, the collation officer reported that the PDP candidate got 17,642 to beat the APC candidate who got 14,899 votes.

Also in Gwagwalada Area Council, Aduda of the PDP was reported to have beaten Zephaniah having scored 29,567 to defeat the APC candidate who got 22,318 votes.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP-Kaduna South) won the general election for the Kaduna South senatorial district.

Suleiman Yashim, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer who announced the result on Monday in Kafanchan said Senator Danjuma La’ah of the PDP scored a total 268,923 to defeat deputy governor, Barnabas Bala Bantex of the APC, who scored 133,287 votes.

Other runner-up candidates included, Rijo Shekari of the SDP who scored 9,609 votes, Benedict Kura of ADC who scored 2,741 with eight others.

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