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PRESIDENTIAL POLL: It’s Goodluck!

BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE, Deputy Political Editor

THE TOTAL SO FAR: Jonathan (PDP) 22million, Buhari (CPC) 10.8million  and Ribadu (ACN) 2.2million

LAGOS – WITH provisional results from 35 states of the country including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is on his way to retaining presidential power until May 29, 2015.

From left, Prof. Attahiru Jega displaying result sheet at Collation Center in Abuja, while His Personal Assistance Abdullahi Usaman and INEC Commissioner Hamina Zakare look on at Collation Centre in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

And barring further delays, he will be declared as winner of the 2011 presidential elections today by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, whose Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, said the results would be ready in 48 hours after the polls.
Jonathan swept the polls in all the 17 states of the South except Osun, which was won by Malam Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

He also had the elections under wraps in the FCT, Benue, Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Adamawa and Taraba, thereby winning outright in 23 states.

He lost all the seven North-West states of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and  Jigawa as well as Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Borno and Yobe to his closest challenger, Maj General Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC. He nevertheless scored at least 25 per cent of votes cast in the affected states apart from Kano and Niger.

The President recorded his best performances in Akwa Ibom, Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu and Rivers states where he garnered more than 90 per cent of the valid votes cast.

Buhari won in 12 states with his best performance in his home state of Katsina where he recorded 73.10 per cent of the votes cast.

So far, Jonathan is ahead of his challengers with 21, 957, 849 votes followed by Buhari (10,884,669 votes) and Ribadu, 2,020,077 votes.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS AT A GLANCE

PDP                     CPC                     ACN

*1.ABIA

PDP 1,175,984

CPC 3,743

ACN n/a

*2. ADAMAWA

PDP 508,314

CPC 344,526

ACN

3. AKWA IBOM

PDP 1,165,629

CPC 5,348

ACN 54,148

4. ANAMBRA

PDP 1,145,169

CPC 4,223

ACN 3,437

5. BAUCHI

PDP 258,000

CPC 1, 300,000

6. BAYELSA

PDP 504,811

CPC 691

ACN  370

7. BENUE

PDP 658,472

CPC 102,171

ACN 223,007

*8. BORNO

PDP 207,075

CPC 909,763

*9. CROSS RIVER

PDP 709,382

CPC 4,002

ACN 5,839

*10. DELTA

PDP 1,368,851

CPC 8,960

ACN 13,146

*11. EBONYI

PDP 480,592 1

CPC 1,025

ACN 1,102

*12. EDO

PDP 542, 173

CPC 17,795

13. EKITI

PDP 135,009

CPC 2,689

ACN 116,981

14. ENUGU

PDP 802,144

CPC 3,753

ACN 1,755

15. FCT

PDP 253,444

CPC 131,576

ACN 2327

*16. GOMBE

PDP 290,347

CPC 459, 898

ACN 3,420

17. IMO

PDP 1,381,357

CPC 7,591

ACN 14,821

*18. JIGAWA

PDP 491,252

CPC 663,994

ACN n/a

*19. KADUNA

PDP 1,190,179

CPC 1,334,244

ACN 11,278

*20. KANO

PDP 440,665

CPC 1,624,543

ACN 42,353

*21. KATSINA

PDP 424,587

CPC 1,154,000

ACN n/a

*22. KEBBI

PDP 369,198

CPC 501,453

ACN n/a

23. KOGI

PDP 399,816

CPC 132,201

ACN 6,516

24. KWARA

PDP 268,243

CPC 83,603

ACN 52, 432

25. LAGOS

PDP 1,281,688

CPC 189,983

ACN 427,203

26. NIGER

PDP 321429

CPC 652574

27. NASARAWA

PDP 408,997

CPC 278,390

28.OGUN

PDP 309,177

CPC 17,654

ACN 199,555

29. ONDO

PDP 387, 376

CPC 11,890

ACN 74,253

30. OSUN

PDP 188,409

CPC 6,997

ACN 299, 711

31. OYO

PDP 484,758

CPC 92,396

ACN 252,240

*32. PLATEAU

PDP 1,029,809

CPC 356, 551

ACN 10, 181

*33. RIVERS

PDP 1,817,762

CPC 13,182

ACN 16,382

34. SOKOTO

PDP 309,057

CPC 540,769

ACN 20,144

35 TARABA

PDP 451,354

CPC 257,987

ACN 17,791

36. YOBE

PDP 117,128

CPC 337547

ACN 6069

*37. ZAMFARA

PDP 238,980

CPC 624,515

ACN 17,970

* Asterisked results yet to be confirmed by INEC Chairman as at press time

*Underlined is the hightest vote cast


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