Breaking: Ganduje of Kano State retains seat

INEC declares Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje winner of Kano State rerun election.

Results:

APC 1,033,695
PDP 1,024,713
Margin 8,982

Details later (NAN)

Nigeria decides 2019: Tambuwal survives, wins re-election

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state 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.

After the results from 21 LGAs were tallied, Tambuwal led with 2057 votes, after polling 506,545 votes. Aliyu, his APC challenger had 504,488 votes.

However, the margin of APC’s victory in Kebbe was not enough to change the final picture.

APC polled 7177 votes while PDP got 5457 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.

Culled from: Source

Lalong re-elected as Plateau governor

Gov. Lalong celebrating his victory
Gov. Lalong celebrating his victory

By Martha Agas

Incumbent Gov. 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.

Culled from: Source

Plateau Rerun: Barkin-Ladi LG boss debunks alleged security challenge in polling unit

By Martha Agas
Mr Dickson Chollom, the Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area in Plateau, has debunked the rumours that there are security challenges in Barkin Joji, the only polling unit participating in the Saturday rerun elections.

“The rumours were targeted at scaring youths from exercising their franchise. It is total falsehood,” Chollom told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said that the election was being conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner devoid of any rancour.

“The turnout in this rerun is even larger that the March 9th elections because we engaged the community and religious leaders to sensitise their followers on the importance of exercising their franchise.

“There was voters apathy in the last elections because of rumours of threat to lives on social media. The situation has changed,” he said.

Chollom regretted that the area was being projected as hostile, and cautioned people against such misinformation.

He commended the early arrival of electoral materials, adding that no hitches were recorded from the card reader machines.

The Chairman called on political stakeholders to exhibit good sportsmanship by accepting the election results as the will of God.

Mrs Naomi Bassu, the presiding officer of the polling unit, also told NAN that voters were conducting themselves in an orderly manner.

She said that polling unit 07 at Kunte primary school, recorded no security threat, saying that elections commenced at 8.00am.

“We have 570 registered voters here and the turnout has been very impressive. All party stalwarts, security agencies and the voters have been very cooperative,” she said.

NAN reports that Barkin Joji is the only polling unit participating in the rerun elections in Barkin-Ladi local government area.

Forty polling units spread across nine local governments in Plateau are participating in the rerun elections to determine the state’s governor. (NAN)

Alleged Importation of thugs: Kano APC dismisses PDP’s allegation

By Tukur Muntari

#TrackNigeria: The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has dismissed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s allegation on the importation of political thugs from neighbouring states.

The Acting State Chairman of the PDP, Rabiu Sulaiman-Bichi, had in a news conference alleged that the ruling APC in the state had imported thugs from some neighbouring states.

The APC state chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, dismissed the allegation while addressing a news conference in Kano on Saturday.

He said the allegation against the ruling APC was not only untrue and unfounded, but a calculated attempt to dent the image of the party and the state government.

“How can we bring or invite people from other states to come to Kano, while we have people here, considering the population of Kano,’’ he said.

Abdullahi called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disregard the call for the cancellation of the re-run governorship election and ensure that the election is concluded.

“We are calling on INEC to ensure the successful completion of the exercise.

“It is unfortunate that the PDP chairman called for the cancellation of the election, while the election is still ongoing.

“This is a clear indication that they are afraid of losing the election, otherwise, why should he call for the cancellation of the election,” he said.

According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had done its homework by mobilising its supporters to come out and vote.

The APC chairman, however, called on the residents to remain calm and await the announcement of the final results. (NAN)