Live Updates: Ortom, Tambuwal win governorship election as INEC gives official announcement of results in rerun election - Day 2
It is the second day of the rerun election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission
Voting took place on Saturday, March 23 in the states were governorship elections were declared inconclusive.
Elections took place in Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Benue and Kano states. However, supplementary election was postponed in Adamawa due to a court order.
The votings were largely peaceful in some state except Kano where there were reports of thugs violently attacking voters.
INEC declares Solomon Lalong of APC winner of Plateau governorship rerun election
Incumbent Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau, has been 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 totalled 1,159,954, with the rejected votes standing at 16,188, while the total votes cast was 1,176,142,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the margin of victory between Lalong of APC and Useni of the PDP is 48,769 votes.
The gubernatorial election held on March 9 in Plateau had been declared inconclusive.
This had led to a rerun election in 40 polling units in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state
Confusion as absence of INEC returning officer stops Bauchi result announcement
The absence of the Professor Mohammed Kyari who is the returning officer for Bauchi rerun governorship election has stalled the announcement of result.
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi who is the state resident electoral commissioner disclosed this on Sunday, March 24.
He assured that contrary to rumour, the result of the election will not be tampered with.
Collation yet to start in Bauchi state. Credit: Premium Times
Kano state governorship rerun election result
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Garun Malam LGA
Rimin Gado LGA
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PDP's Tambuwal wins Sokoto governorship election
Governor Aminu Tambuwal has scored the highest number of votes to win the Sokoto state governorship election.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 512,002 votes following the rerun election which took place on Saturday, March 23.
The incumbent governor defeated Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 511,661 votes.
Bauchi state governorship rerun election result
Benue state governorship rerun election result
APC - 2423
PDP - 2998
APC - 541
PDP - 521
APC - 1269
PDP - 3660
PDP wins supplementary election in Bauchi
The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bala Mohammed, won the supplementary election in Bauchi State.
This was announced by the returning officer, Professor Kyari Mohammed on Sunday, March 24
The PDP candidate polled a total of 6,376 while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammed Abubakar, scored 5,117 votes.
Mohammed said he is in no position to make a return because the case involving the Tafawa Balewa LGA is still in court.
Governor Lalong speaks after winning Plateau rerun election
Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who retained his office after Saturday’s supplementary polls, is seeking the support of Plateau residents to deliver the dividends of democracy to them.
The governor was declared the winner of the polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday in Jos.
He said the support of Plateau people and political stakeholders would ensure the success of his mandate to develop the state.
“I am humble, I was voted again to serve Plateau for another tenure to move it to greater heights. We need unity and peace to move this state to the next level.
“Core values of team spirit, mutual respect and tolerance are required for sustainable peace and a good working relationship in the state and I promise to discharge my duties diligently and selflessly,” he said.
Mr Lalong commended INEC, security agencies, the media and voters for the peaceful and successful rerun elections in the State, saying it was one of the most peaceful nationwide.
Mr Lalong was declared the winner with 595,582 votes after beating his close rival, Jeremiah Useni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 546,813 votes.
Bauchi governor-elect, Bala Muhammed promises good governance, thanks God, populace for victory
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Muhammed has promised to bring back good governance denied the people.
Muhammed made the promise during a press conference in Bauchi on Sunday, shortly after the announcement of the supplementary poll results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Muhammed polled 6,376 votes as against 5,117 garnered by the incumbent governor, Muhammed Abubakar of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
NAN reports that the just concluded supplementary election took place in 15 Local Government Areas of the state on Saturday.
“Today is a very auspicious day for us in Bauchi and on behalf of the party, I wish to express gratitude and appreciation to God almighty.
“The collation of the supplementary poll that has just been concluded by INEC is a work of God and we owe it to him.
“We also owe it to the people of Bauchi who have stood very firm on the threshold of freedom and liberty and have shown that they are the icons of democracy and liberty.
“Words alone cannot express my appreciation to them all,” the governor-elect said.
Muhammed also said that the auspicious achievement recorded by the PDP in the supplementary election deserved to be celebrated.
He however, called on all his supporters to celebrate in peace.
“They should all go out to celebrate but they should celebrate in peace and with gratitude to God because what we want is peace and tranquility, harmony and good relationship with one another.
“We do not have any acrimony or hatred against anybody, even those who didn’t vote for us, we want them to join us in this celebration because this is democracy,” he said.
Muhammed also appreciated the security agencies in the state promising to continue to work with them as they had shown they were the key partners of the society.
Samuel Ortom of PDP wins Benue governorship election
Gov. Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the keenly contested Benue Governorship election held on March 23.
Ortom polled 434,473 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 345,155 votes.
The INEC Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Sabastine Maimako, declared the result on Sunday in Makurdi.
He said that Ortom “having polled the highest number of votes at this election is hereby declared winner”.
Maimako said the total registered votes were 2,471,894, total accredited voters were 858,947 while total valid votes stood at 830,954.
He sad total rejected votes were 15,268 while the margin of lead between the winner and his closest rival was 89,318 votes.
PDP takes over Imo state House of Assembly
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken over the majority seats at the Imo state House of Assembly previously dominated by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP, which recently produced the governor-elect in the state, Emeka Ihedioha, won 13 seats following the declaration of results of the supplementary election.
The report noted that the Action Alliance (AA) won the fifth local government area to have a total of eight Assembly seats, while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won a total of six seats.
Protest in Kano state as residents march on INEC office
A protest has erupted in Kano with residents of the state, armed with placards, marching through the streets over the development being witnessed with the governorship election.
The residents are on the way to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warning the umpire not to tamper with the will of the people of the state.
INEC relocates collation of Kano rerun results over tension
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has moved the collation of the supplementary election from Nasarawa local government area of Kano to its state headquarters on Sani Marshal Road.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nasarawa is the last of the 28 affected areas in the state.
According to the report, the development is due to tense security situation of the area.
It was learnt that the collation of Nasarawa results followed the completion of similar exercise in the governorship re-run election from Kibiya local government area.
The final supplementary election result is expected to be announced immediately after the collation of Nasarawa local government results.
Confusion as PDP candidate reject Lalong’s victory in Plateau
Senator Jeremiah Useni, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau, has announced his rejection of the outcome of the rerun in the state.
Useni said he rejected the victory of Simon Lalong as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The candidate said he had directed his legal team to activate all the due processes to reclaim the mandate.
The returning officer of the election had announced that the APC candidate polled 595, 582 to defeat the PDP candidate who scored 546, 813.
Reacting in Jos, Useni, while thanking the people of the state for their support, added: “My team and I have gone through both the official results released by INEC and the documents submitted by our field staff. We have every reason to believe that justice has not been done to our people in this election, because there was massive rigging and electoral shortcomings,”
PDP dominates Bayelsa House of Assembly with 19 seats, APC clinches 4
With 19 seats won, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dominated the Bayelsa state House of Assembly against the All Progressives Congress (APC), which won four seats out of the 24 state constituencies.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded elections in 23 out of the 24 constituencies while the last one is on hold due to an order from the court.
The report quoted Monday Udoh, INEC’s REC in Bayelsa, as saying during the declaration of the results of the supplementary election on Sunday, March 24, in Yenagoa, that the PDP defeated APC in the two constituencies where the elections were held on Saturday, March 23.
“In Southern-Ijaw constituency IV, PDP polled 27, 162 to win APC that got 20, 886, while in Ogbia constituency II, PDP also polled 8, 984 to defeat APC that got 3, 038,” the REC said.
According to INEC, the remaining one constituency which is Brass 1, is on hold following an interlocutory order of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa in suit number: FHC/YNG/CS/41/2019 and dated march 22.
Benue people have made their choice - Atiku reacts to Ortom’s victory
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Governor Samuel Ortom over his victory at the re-run election.
Ortom, candidate of the PDP was declared winner after the total collation of the results from both the general election and the rerun.
Atiku said: “The people of Benue State have not only made their choice, but most importantly, they have made the right choice. Congratulations His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom on your successful re-election.”
Thank you, my people - Tambuwal sends out message after victory
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, who was declared winner of the governorship poll in the state, has thanked the residents for having confidence in him.
The governor, speaking with a mammoth crowd gathered at the entrance of the Government House in Sokoto, promised not to let the people of state down.
The appreciation to the people comes as celebration takes over the state over his victory.
It was learnt that supporters of the governor had waited patiently at the entrance of the Government House right from 7am.
Kano’s governorship election result ‘doctored’ to favour APC, Ganduje - PDP alleges
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has rejected the outcome of the governorship election which favoured Abdullahi Ganduje of the APC.
The party said it will not to endorse the result of the supplementary election.
The acting chairman of the party, Alhaji Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, who spoke at the collation centre, said the results were ‘doctored’ to favour the governor and his APC.
However, the senator representing Kano North district on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC), Barau Jibrin, called on those who are aggrieved to seek redress at the tribunal.
“The collation started from Ward to the local government level and it’s from there that all complaints are to be made, not at the state collation center after all agents have given their assent to the results,” he said.
Finally, Ganduje declared winner of Kano governorship election
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has finally been declared the winner of the keenly contested governorship election in Kano state.
Ganduje, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), won with more than 9,000 votes as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which collated the election rerun in the state.
As announced by INEC’s state returning officer Bello Shehu, Abba Yusuf of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 228 votes Kibiya local government area, while Ganduje scored 371 votes.
Also, in Nasarawa local government area, Ganduje scored 10,536 votes while Yusuf scored 3,409.
In the 28 LGAs where the supplementary elections held on March 23, PDP scored 10,239 votes while the APC scored 45,876 votes.
The total figures from the election shows that Ganduje polled 1,033,695 votes against 1,024,713 votes secured by PDP.
With this, Ganduje won with a margin of 8,982 votes.
Drama as ex-NANS president weeps over Ortom’s victory
Daniel Onjeh, a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), burst into tears on Sunday, March 24, after the INEC declared Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue winner of the 2019 governorship election.
It was learnt that Onjeh, who started crying in reaction to Ortom’s victory at his home town in Ogbadibo, stated that he was weeping for Benue people.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Onjeh said he did not know how they will be able to endure another four years of torture and deprivation under Ortom.
The report quoted Onjeh as saying he was not sure if President Mohammadu Buhari would release more bailout funds and Paris Club refunds to Benue in the next four years since the ones released before had not been accounted for.
The former unionist said he wept for Benue workers, pensioners and their families because they went out to vote out Ortom for nonpayment of salaries and pensions.
Onjeh, who is also the board chairman, Project Development Agency (PRODA), said: “How long will the children of workers and pensioners in Benue be out of school for lack of financial support from their incapacitated and oppressed parents?
“How long will Benue workers and pensioners endure this hunger and denial as a result of nonpayment of their wages?
“The painful side is that the same resources the workers and pensioners were denied, were the same Ortom used to buy votes.
“I’m surprised at how David Mark, who accused Ortom of distribution of wheelbarrows to Benue youths as the only project he has done, could turn around and support the same Ortom to win second term in office.
“Suswam also accused Ortom of ballooning the wage bill when Ortom was in APC but turned around to support him to win a second term in office.
“Abba Moro also condemned Ortom and said that he failed woefully as such, does not deserve a second term but turned around to support him because he defected to their party.”
“This flip-flap Politicians’ behavior shows that they are only working for their own selfish purpose and not for the common good of the masses as always portrayed.”