El-Rufai, Fayemi, Others Meet President Buhari over Inconclusive Elections

Six All Progressives Congress (APC) governors – Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) Tuesday in Abuja held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over inconclusive governorship elections declared by INEC in six states.

The meeting was aimed at mapping out strategies to save four APC governors and two governorship candidates following the declarations of inconclusive elections in their respective states.

The affected governors are Bindowo Jubrilla (Adamawa), Ibrahim Ganduje (Kano), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

The two other states are Sokoto and Benue, whose Governors, Aminu Tambuwal and Samuel Ortom, had dumped the APC for opposition PDP last year.

The elections in these states were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) because the number of cancelled votes at the polls exceeded the margin between the winner and the runner-up.

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Sokoto APC: We’re Ready For Guber Rerun

Ahead of the March 23 gubernatorial supplementary elections in Sokoto State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, on Monday said he is ready for the exercise.

Alhaji Aliyu, in a chat with newsmen, said “I, and my party, have accepted the outcome in good faith. If you recall on the day of election, I made it clear after casting my vote that, I will accept any outcome in good faith.”

Similarly, Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum and Coodinator, Northwest APC Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, also noted that “The party, its leaders and supporters are law abiding citizens and, as such, we have accepted the decision by INEC, in good faith.

“The action of the Chief Reurning Officer, who declared the election as inconclusive was in line with the nation’s constitution, as well as the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.

“The declaration of the elections as inconclusive came at a time when the party was leading and we have won more than the two-thirds majority of the votes, as required by the law.

“Apt and accurate figures in our possession have shown that, I was already coasting to victory, yet, we directed our peaceful and lawful supporters to halt their celebrations.

“We have since directed them to embark on immediate and massive mobilisation of our supporters and the patriotic electorate, in readiness for the forthcoming rerun elections in 136 polling units across 22 local government areas to be conducted by INEC later”,  Sokoto  added.

“There is no cause for alarm, victory is ours, Insha Sha Allah,” he said.

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Ogun Election: Bode Edun Congratulates Governor Elect Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State APC House of Assembly candidate for Yewa North Constituency 1, Hon. Bababode Edun, has congratulated the Governor-Elect for Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on his victory in the Saturday gubernatorial election.

In a statement signed personally by him and released to the media in Abeokuta, today, Bode Edun described the win as a hard fought and won battle that has brought liberation to the people of the state.

According to him, Prince Abiodun’s victory is also an indication of the acceptance of the APC in the state despite the challenges and formidable opposition.

His words: “The good people of Ogun State stood behind the party and voted for our candidate last Saturday. This victory is an opportunity to re-enact the progressive platform of unprecedented development, through regional integration and socio-economic cooperation.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Prince Dapo Abiodun, his running mate, the progressive family in Ogun State, the leadership and all members of our party that worked hard for this victory.

“On behalf of my family, friends, supporters and the good people of Ogun State, I wish him a fruitful and successful tenure in the service of the people of Ogun.” Bababode Edun

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APC Wins Majority In Ondo Assembly

The All Progressives Congress APC has won twenty-three out of the twenty-six seats in the Ondo State House of Assembly in the State Assembly election conducted over the weekend.

A summary of the results released by the Ondo State office of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP won two seats while the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP secured one seat from Ondo West one State Constituency.

The results also showed that the Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, Chief Nicholas Towofomo also won the Ondo South Senatorial district after the supplementary election after the inconclusiveness of the election held on February 23rd.

The result has put an end into insinuations on the authentic winner of the senatorial election into the Ondo South Senatorial seat at the National Assembly.

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Delta Guber: Ibe Kachikwu Delivers Polling Unit For APC

The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu has delivered his polling unit to the candidates of the All Progressive Congress in the just concluded gubernatorial and state house of assembly election.

At his Gbonuza primary school polling unit, ward 9, Aniocha North LGA Delta state,APC polled a total of 364 votes as against 329 for PDP at the gubernatorial.

APC also polled a total number of 473 votes as against 226 for PDP which was considered a landslide for the state house of assembly.

Dr Ibe kachikwu expresses his delight for the success recorded at his polling unit and anticipates an overall success at the conclusion of the whole election.

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Court Affirms Dapo Abiodun As Ogun APC Governorship Candidate

An FCT high court has affirmed Adedapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ogun state in Saturday’s governorship election.

The court dismissed the suit brought by an APC member in the state, Abdulrafiu Baruwa, asking the court to disqualify Adedapo Abiodun on the ground that he supplied false information to INEC.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi held that section 177 of the 1999 constitution cannot be invoked to disqualify the APC candidate because participation in the NYSC scheme is not a condition for qualification for governorship election.

The judge also held that the failure to include university education in the form CF 001 submitted to INEC by Abiodun cannot be used to nullify his nomination because of the provision of the law that a minimum qualification of secondary school is required and there is no consequence for Abiodun with his refusal to give details of his university education.

Justice Olukayode, therefore, held that the case of the plaintiff was unmeritorious.

Earlier, the judge had dismissed various grounds of objections raised against the suit by lawyers for the APC, and the governorship candidate.

Justice Adeniyi assumed jurisdiction to entertain the suit and dismissed the objection to the locus standi of the plaintiff because he did not challenge the primary election conducted by APC which produced Abiodun.

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Ex-Ogun Governor Gbenga Daniel Endorses APC’s Dapo Abiodun

A former Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) guber candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

Daniel, while addressing his supporters, urged his supporters to vote for Mr. Abiodun tomorrow.

This endorsement followed a Wednesday night meeting at his Asoludero Court in Sagamu.

With this, Daniel has turned his back on PDP governorship candidate Buruji Kashamu.

Aside Daniel’s endorsement, Abiodun also received the backing of six governorship candidates and 14 political parties.

The party chairmen who backed Abiodun include Adeyinka Adeyemi(Alliance For Social Democrats), Olusegun Oluyemi (Better Nigeria Progressive Party), Asimiyu Arisekola(Advanced  Allied Party), Kelani Alao (African People’s Alliance), Adekunle Owode (National Action Council), Odejide Radio (Democratic People’s Congress) and Adeshina Abraham (People’s Progressive Party).

Others are Otunba Rasheed Odebude (People’s Trust), Bolanle Bello(People for Democratic Change), Otunba Femi Soluade( Mass Action Junction Alliance), Prince Talabi Abiodun(People’s Coalition Party(PDP) and two others.

The parties, in a statement jointly signed by their chairmen, said they shared the same ideologies ans would work with the APC to take the state to a greater height.

The six governorship candidates, in a statement  signed under the aegis of the Governorship Candidates Forum, said they decided to support Abiodun because of his plans and programmes.

The governorship candidates are: Olusegun Olufemi of Better Nigeria Progressives Party, Femi Olomu (Alliance of Social Democrats) and Adegbola   John (Advanced Allied Party).

The others are Odejide Adio (Democratic People’s Congress), Adeshina Abraham (People’s Progressives Party) and Lanre Banjo (People’s Trust).

Also, a House of Representatives candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Yewa-South/Ipokia Federal Constituency and a House of Assembly candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Yewa South State constituency , Olukayode Idowu  and Boluwatife Salako, adopted  Abiodun.

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Kano Guber: 43 Political Parties Declare Support For APC’s Abdullahi Ganduje

Forty-three political parties yesterday in Kano State, declared their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The governorship candidates of the parties, who threw their weight behind governor Ganduje through their spokesman and United People’s Congress (UPC ) governorship candidate Ibrahim Gaya at the African House Government House,  directed their members to vote for the APC candidate tomorrow.

Gaya said:  “We have dropped our contest and unanimously decided to endorsed the Candidature of Governor Ganduje in order for him to accomplish his mission of staging  a comeback and consolidate on socio economic development of the state.”

APC Chairman Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas hailed the parties for their sacrifice.

He said: “I have personally not witnessed a situation where a gubernatorial candidate will invite fellow colleagues to come dine and wine together in a conducive atmosphere.”

Ganduje said he invited the candidates to the Government House to create mutual understanding between the political parties in the state to demonstrate love and unity of purpose.

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Abeokuta Agog As Osinbajo Campaigns For APC Ogun Guber Candidate Dapo Abiodun

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has dispelled fears of voters in Ogun State amid concerns that the State’s sitting governor’s support for the candidate of a rival party might raise tensions in the governorship polls on March 9.

There have been fears and concerns that the Ogun State Governor’s support for a rival party in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the State may have precipitated a security crisis regarding the election.

Prof. Osinbajo who embarked on an elaborate campaign rally in Ogun alongside Prince Dapo Abiodun, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, assured citizens of a peaceful, free and fair election.

Prof. Osinbajo who was accompanied by former Ogun governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and other chieftains of the party in the state said the Federal Government was going to provide adequate security.

VP Osinbajo who began his tour in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital was received to an electric reception by the supporters and residents of Ogun state. The VP was near speechless as the crowd chanted his name and that of President Muhammadu Buhari endless.

On arriving Abeokuta, Prof. Osinbajo toured Ogun state visiting Kuto, Ibara, Lafenwa, Isala Igbehin, among other communities in the state.

At every stop, he was greeted by mammoth crowds who derived satisfaction at seeing him and Prince Abiodun, who is the party’s flag bearer at the 9 March governorship election.

On passing Ogun State Government House, the people thronged out in their numbers in what appeared to be a carnival-like campaign.

Addressing the people at Lafenwa, Prof. Osinbajo thanked them profusely for voting for President Buhari and himself. He assured them that they will deliver all their campaign promises.

“Those who are saying on Saturday they will not let us come out, that they will do this and that, let me tell you that it will not happen. Let me tell you that the Federal Government is in charge of security, we will ensure that there is adequate security for everyone. This election will be peaceful, free and fair.

“Please note that you should we are going to use our index finger to vote. Let me urge us to vote APC at all levels. For the House of Assembly, let us vote APC.

 “Just the way you voted President Buhari and me, your son in, you should do the same for Dapo Abiodun because if we did not have votes from Lafenwa, we would not have been re-elected. Thank you so much for your support,” he said at the rally in Lafenwa.

As the VP arrived Kuto, the chants and cheers from the people became overwhelming to the extent that Prof. Osinbajo struggled to pass through the crowd. The chants were so deafening that it took Prof Osinbajo more than 30 minutes to get some decorum.

Prof. Osinbajo spent over three hours in Abeokuta and it was stunning as he got a heroic welcome everywhere he went. The acceptance and gladness of the people was spontaneous and original and it was authentic all the way.

A party chieftain, Bayo Asenuga told journalists that, “This party has been on for at least over three hours, and well over 10 miles if not 15,” he said.

He said he has not seen people so energetic at a campaign rally. “The people were not tired walking alongside the campaign train. This is a message that APC will win overwhelmingly in Ogun,” he said.

Onlookers in most part of Abeokuta caused a gridlock as they stared endlessly in public acceptance at the Vice President as he walked the major roads in Abeokuta and its environs.

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APC Receives Defectors In Edo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has received more members of the opposition in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Anselm Ojezua, received the new members on Monday at the APC secretariat in Benin City, the state capital.

Ahead of the state house of assembly election scheduled to hold on March 9, he described the decision of the new members as timely.

Mr Ojezua added that the party has been working towards a decisive victory for its candidates in the coming polls.

He noted that the APC in Edo needed formidable representations at the House of Assembly, to support the strides being achieved by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration.

On the calibre of defectors coming into the party, the party chairman said, “Illushi is very important in Esan South East LGA because of its strong political base and agrarian nature.”

“I believe receiving leaders from that locality will make the March 9 elections easy for us.”

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President Buhari In Early Lead

Results emerging from our findings, reports from observers and situations rooms across the country have shown that President Muhammadu Buhari’s party the All Progressive Congress (APC) is having an early lead across the country.

Results from States such as Kastina, Adamawa, Gombe, Kwara, have shown the President emerging victorious with very wide margins against his major contender, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Significantly the President won in his polling unit with 523 votes to 3 for the PDP. President Buhari also won the votes cast in Atiku’s polling unit scoring 186 votes while Mr Abubakar scored 167. He also won in Gombe State Governor, Dankwabo’s polling unit. In Kwara State the All Progressive Congress also won the majority of votes cast in all 11 councils of the Ilorin Emirates.

Despite bombardment and reports of violence in Borno State, the All Progressive Congress has still proved a formidable force with several results showing the All Progressive Congress in an early lead even while results are still being compiled and trickle in particularly at the ward and polling unit level.

Analysts say the incumbent, President Buhari would win with a wide margin.

In some states such as Ebonyi states violence was recorded while state such as Rivers recorded large scale violence and shootings. In states such as Kaduna, late voting was recorded while in Benue state cases of no voting in some wards due to violence and shootings were recorded.

The President is also in an early lead in most results that have trickled in from Niger, Nasarawa and Ogun States. President Buhari is reported to have won the polling units of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It is recalled that former President Obasanjo has been one of those pushing against a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recent decampee and now a major player in APC’s influence in the South-South, Senator Godswill Akpabio won his polling unit for the President, with 1,553 votes against PDP’s 11 votes.

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APC Assures Observers Of Safety During Election

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari against ballot box snatchers is in good faith.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party Mr Adams Oshiomhole, said those condemning the directive are ignorant of the good intentions of the president to protect the voters and the ballots.

Mr. Oshiomhole argued that those who had no plans to disrupt the process should have nothing to worry about.

He said it would be unfair after deploying so much national resources to allow some overzealous individuals undermine people’s mandate.

Mr. Oshiomhole assured local and foreign observers of their safety throughout the process.

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