Fashola, Amaechi, Orji return
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor, Clifford Ndujihe & DAPO AKINREFON
LAGOS—GOVERNORS Adebayo Alao_Akala of Oyo State and Akwe Doma of Nasarawa States were the major exceptions as incumbent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors brushed off stiff challenges as results of last Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections were confirmed yesterday.
Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Shinkafi, was in a desperate struggle for survival as early results indicated the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Abdulaziz Abubakar, took the lead in six of the ten local governments where results were released yesterday. Shinkafi led in four local governments with results of four outstanding as at last night.
In Delta State, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, the PDP candidate was leading his arch rival, Chief Great Ogboru of the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP by 428,151 to 385,663 votes in results declared from 21 local government areas. The results in the remaining four local governments are to be released later today.
Governor Ikedi Ohakim was also battling for continued political reckoning, yesterday, as results showed him battling for a second term. At press time and with results from four local governments yet to be declared, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate, Rochas Okorocha was leading with about twenty thousand votes.
As projected by Vanguard, Senator Ibikunle Amosun swept to victory in Ogun State as the results were confirmed by INEC. The loss by Governor Alao_Akala to the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, gubernatorial candidate, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, cleared the PDP from control of any one of the six Government Houses in the Southwest geopolitical zone.
Control of Nasarawa
The PDP also lost control of Nasarawa State as the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, candidate, Tanko Al_Makura, swept to victory halting the twelve-year hold of the PDP on the solid mineral state.
The PDP, however, shook off strong challenge in most of the Northwest states winning in Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Jigawa. It also cleared most of the seats in the various State Houses of Assembly.
The party also returned to reckoning in Kano where erstwhile governor and former Defence Minister, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, beat off a close challenge from Governor Ibrahim Shekarau’s chosen but unsuccessful successor, Alhaji Salihu Sagir of ANPP.
The ANPP was, however, successful in Borno State where the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Kashim Shettima, beat the septuagenarian former Governor of the State, Alhaji Mohammed Goni.
ANPP retains control of Yobe
The ANPP also retained control of Yobe State where incumbent Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, beat the PDP candidate, Senator Albashir by an estimated 24,000 votes.
The PDP, however, won convincingly in Gombe and Taraba states beating off competition from the CPC and the ACN respectively in the two States.
Nasarawa was the only exception in the North_Central where the PDP lost a gubernatorial contest as the party’s candidates swept to victory in Benue, Kwara and Niger States.
In the Southeast, Governors Sullivan Chime and Martins Elechi were declared winners of the gubernatorial polls in Enugu and Ebonyi States yesterday. The poll in Imo State became dramatic last night after the returning officer for the poll declared the election inconclusive on the basis of irregularities in four local governments. As at that time, APGA’s Okorocha with victories in 12 of the 23 local governments declared was leading with an estimated 20,000 votes.
The elections were declared inconclusive in Ohaji and Oguta local governments while it was proved that there was no election in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area.
In Mbaitoli local government area, the returning officer for the local government, Mr. Matthew Frank, a non academic staff of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri returned without any result though party agents returned with results that were not admitted.
Governors Godswill Akpabio and Rotimi Amechi were confirmed winners in the elections that were also held on Tuesday.
Results were also declared for some National Assembly election contests earlier postponed by INEC. The ACN cleared all three Senate seats contested, all six of the House of Representatives seat contested and twenty-four of the twenty-six State House of Assembly seats in Ekiti.
In Ekiti North, Olubunmi Adetumbi of ACN beat the incumbent Senator, Ayo Arise, and in Ekiti Central Babafemi Ojudu of ACN defeated Oluwakayode Alufa of the PDP and former Governor Ayo Fayose who contested on the platform of Labour Party. In Ekiti South the incumbent senator, Sola Akinyede, was defeated by the ACN’s Anthony Adeniyi.
In Plateau State, former House of Representatives member, Victor Lar, defeated the incumbent senator, Gen. John Shagaya, and another retired general, Jerry Useni, to clinch the Plateau South Senate seat.
The PDP equally swept the Cross River Central and the South Senate seats and twenty-three of the twenty-five seats in the State House of Assembly.
In the Benue North Senate contest the incumbent, Senator George Akume of the ACN polled 261,726 to beat Hon. Terngu Tsegba of the PDP who garnered 143,354 votes in the result declared by the returning officer, Dr. Adehola Sotimehim announced last night.