Ruling party leads in Nigerian governorship elections

09:28, April 29, 2011      

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The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) is leading in the governorship elections in Nigeria, according to the latest results announced by the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) here on Wednesday.

Incumbent Governor Sullivan Chime on Enugu State has been re- elected in what appears to be a one-sided contest.

He amassed 419,790 ballots, beating his two closest rivals, Labor Party's Okey Ezea, who notched up 30,135 votes to place second and Dan Shere of the Peoples Democratic Change (PDC), who scored 29,565 votes to place a distant third.

Declaring Chime winner of the polls, the INEC Returning Officer, Bartho Okolo, said the winner had maintained an unassailable lead in virtually all the 17 local government areas (LGAs).

In northern Sokoto State, the PDP won all the 30 state Assembly seats and the Sokoto north senatorial slot in the election conducted on Tuesday.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Husseini Mahuta said the PDP's Ahmed Maccido, the incumbent, also won the Sokoto north senatorial election by clinching 154,932 votes.

His opponents, Usman Muhammad of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) got 42,021 votes, Ahmed Tangaza of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) 17,959 while Hayatu Tafida of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)scored 471 votes.

The PDP had already won the two other senatorial seats during the National Assembly elections of April 9. Mahuta who described the polls as free , fair and credible also promised that the improvement recorded by INEC during the 2011 polls would be sustained in subsequent elections.

In Jigawa State, Governor Sule Lamido has been re-elected for a second term.Announcing the result in Dutse, the state capital on Monday, the state Returning Officer, Jibrila Amin, said Lamido polled 676,307 votes to defeat his close rivals.

Badaru Abubakar of ACN scored 343,177 votes while Farouq Aliyu of CPC polled 56,911 votes.

The ruling governorship candidates AbdulFatah Ahmed of Kwara and Theodore Orji of Abia were on Wednesday declared winners of the governorship elections.

In Kwara, the PDP flag bearer defeated his Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Dele Belgore and Gbemisola Saraki of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).

In Abia, Orji polled 641,158 votes to beat Reagan Ufomba of APGA who placed second with a total of 49,421 votes.

The Returning Officer, Hillary Edoga declared the result in the presence of party agents, security operatives and observers.

In INEC headquarter in Ilorin, Kwara State capital the Returning Officer, Rasheed Aderinoye declared that with the result the PDP candidate had 25 percent in all the 16 local government areas of the state, while the ACN had 25 percent in only eight local governments.

While declaring Ahmed of the PDP duly elected, the Returning Officer said he polled the highest votes of 254, 969 or 48.3 percent and also fulfilled other constitutional requirements.

The ACN candidate, who came second polled a total of 152, 580 votes or 28.9 percent while the ACPN candidate, Saraki, that came third polled a total of 72, 456 votes or 13 percent.

The ACN and ACPN refused to sign the results when asked by the returning officer to do so.

In southeast Rivers State, INEC declared Governor Chibuike Amaechi, PDP candidate as winner of the April 26 governorship election in Rivers.

Amaechi polled 1,178,529 votes to defeat his closest rival, Celestine Omehia of APGA, who scored 112,528 votes.

The result also showed that Abiye Sekibo of ACN polled 60,240, while Abel Taria of ANPP scored 3,912 votes.

Joseph Ajienka, the Chief Collation Officer for the governorship election in the state, announced the result on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

In Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, PDP Gubernatorial candidate, has been declared the winner of Tuesday's governorship election in the state.

The results of the election announced by the Returning Officer, Yaganami Karta, on Wednesday, showed that Dankwambo polled 596,481 votes to defeat five other contestants.

Abubakar Aliyu, of CPC polled 91,781 votes to place second, while Saidu Kumo of ANPP who scored 84,959 votes to place third.

The returning officer said 21,354 of the 801,747 votes cast in the poll were invalid.

The ruling party governorship candidate in northern Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has emerged winner of Tuesday's election.

INEC's Collation Officer in the state, Abubakar Rashid, said in Kano on Wednesday that Kwankwaso scored 1,108,345 votes or 46 percent of the total votes cast.

Rashid said Salihu Sagir of ANPP came second with 1,048,317 votes or 43.5 percent of the total votes.

According to Rashid, Lawan Ja'far of CPC got 175,143 votes or 7. 27 percent while Abdullahi Tijjani of ACN received 54,015 votes, equivalent to 2.24 percent of the total votes cast.

Rashid added that 5,190,382 voters were registered in Kano State out of which only 2, 477,112 voted.

In the same vien, Godswill Akpabio, the Akwa Ibom governor and PDP governorship candidate, won the April 26 election in the state.

The result of the election announced in Uyo on Wednesday by the state's returning officer, Comfort Ekpo, showed that Akpabio polled 975,585 votes to beat his closest rival, John Akpanudoedehe of ACN,who scored 163,449 votes.

With this result, Akpabio would now rule the state for the next four years.Ekpo announced that the CPC scored 15,660 votes as against ANPP which polled 3,721 votes.

Source: Xinhua
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