THE April 11 governorship and State House of Assembly elections recorded some major upsets at the end of the exercise.

Perhaps this can be attributed to the recent victory of the President-elect, Maj-Gen Muhammudu Buhari (retd) at the presidential polls a forth night ago where he defeated the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

Winners have been in a joyful mood while the losers are already sulking over defeat.

Both the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC, recorded defeats in some of their strongholds in the governorship race.

While the APC made some inroads to the PDP strongholds, the latter did not rest on its oars.

By Dapo Akinrefon

KADUNA: In Kaduna, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, defeated Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero, who incidentally is the incumbent.

The death of Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa paved way for Yero’s emergence as the governor of Kaduna State.

It was assumed that with the image of Vice President Namadi Sambo, who also hails from the state, Yero would have had a smooth ride.

Growing popularity

But that was never to be. The growing popularity of Mallam el-Rufai and the Buhari tsunami were factors that contributed to the APC gaining upper hand in the governorship polls.

And the PDP lost

It was not a surprise that the PDP lost out in some governorship and assembly seats across the federation.

The reason for the PDP’s dismal performance in the second batch of the polls could be attributed to the outcome of the presidential and parliamentary elections, where Buhari mauled the president despite the power of incumbency. The party also lost out in Adamawa,Jigawa, Bauchi, Katsina, Niger and Benue states where second term governors handpicked the party’s candidates to replace them in office.


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