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INEC Declares Anambra Governorship Election Inconclusive

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anambra lgsThe people of Anambra State might have to wait longer than necessary to know who their next governor will be as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday morning declared weekend’s governorship election in the state as inconclusive.

Making the announcement at exactly 6:10am today, the Returning Officer, Prof James Epoke, who is also Vice-Chancellor, University of Calabar (UNICAL), declared that a supplementary election would be conducted at a date to be fixed by the electoral umpire.

The major reason for declaring the election inconclusive, according to the R.O is that, for a candidate to be declared winner, he must have scored not only the highest number of votes cast, but should have also scored 25 per cent in two-third of the local government areas in the state.

Apparently, due to the large number of cancelled votes, which stood at 113,113, no candidate scored the required percentage.

Therefore, INEC had to examine the votes of the winner and the runner-up to determine if the difference is less than the cancelled figure.

Based on the results of valid votes so far collated, Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) polled 174,710 votes to emerge tops while Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 94,956 votes to place second.

The difference in the figures between the first two candidates, which is 79,754 is less than the cancelled votes (113,113), the commission could not declare any of the candidates outright winner.

A total of 1,763,751 voters were registered for the election, while 451,826 were accredited.

Total valid votes were 413,005, while total number of rejected votes was 16,544. Total votes cast were 429,549.

Out of the cancelled votes, 89,997 were from Idemili North Local Government Area alone, and additional 636 from two units in Idemili South.

According to figures released by INEC, APGA came first with 174,710 votes.

It was followed by PDP which scored 94,956 votes.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate – Chris Ngige – came third with 92,300 votes, while Labour Party (LP) candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, polled 37,446 votes to come fourth.

A total of 23 candidates stood for the election.

The APGA won in 16 of the 21 local government areas; APC won in two, PDP won in two, while LP won one.

A date for the supplementary election will be fixed after the commission must have met, it was announced.

“The commission will arrange a supplementary election in those areas where election was cancelled,” Prof Epoke said.

He added that all the parties that participated in last Saturday’s election will participate in the supplementary election.

A breakdown of the votes scored by candidates of the APC, APGA, LP and PDP are as follows:

In Aguata, APC scored 5,275 votes, APGA polled 10,180, PDP got 4,275 votes, while LP polled 1,129.
There were 24,883 accredited voters in Aguata, 23,452 votes were valid.

In Ayamelum, APC polled 1,827; APGA scored 9,121; PDP got 5,681 and LP (624). Total valid votes was 17,449.

In Anambra East, APC 1,418; APGA (15,300), PDP (5,579) and LP (511). Total valid votes cast was 23,315.

In Anambra West, APC scored 2,478; APGA (5,128), PDP (3966) and LP (321).

In Anaocha, APC polled 3,174, APGA (14,563), PDP (2,948) and LP (733). A ballot box was snatched at Unit 016, Obiamaka Primary School, it was reported.

In Awka North, APC scored 1,712 votes, APGA (5,385), PDP (3,943) and LP 474.

In Awka South, APC polled 6,596, APGA (9,206), PDP (5,689) and LP (1,648).

The PDP scored the highest number of votes in Dunukofia, followed by APGA (3,670), APC (3,522) and LP (1,236).

The APGA polled the highest number of votes in Ekwusigo (6,815), followed by PDP (4,426), APC (2,958) and LP (1,692).

In Idemilli North, APC scored the highest number of votes (7,135), followed by APGA (2,795), PDP (1,462) and LP (643).

The APC also led in Idemili South, where it scored 9,539 votes. APGA polled 2,899; PDP scored 3,786 while LP got 1,021.

In Ihiala, APC scored 4,069; APGA (10,067), PDP (5,517) and LP (1,854).

The APGA scored 10,753 votes in Njikoka. APC polled 4,585, PDP got 5,630 and LP scored 754.

In Nnewi North, LP led with 18,014 votes, followed by APGA (4,846), APC (3,076) and PDP (1,942).

In Nnewi South, APGA led with 8,145, followed by PDP (3,031), APC (2,676) and LP (2,214).

In Ogbaru, APGA polled 11,716. Others are: APC (7,687), PDP (6,114) and LP (95).

The APGA scored 10,842 votes in Onitsha North. Other results are: APC (7,616), PDP (4,947) and LP (776).

In Onitsha South, APGA led with 9,786 votes. Other results are: APC (7,094), PDP (3,520) and LP (716).

The APGA led in Orumba North, polling 9,161 votes, followed by PDP (4,567) and APC (3,343).

In Orumba South, APC scored 3,147. Other results are: APGA (6,338), PDP (4,003) and LP (1,265). In Oyi, PDP led with 9,123 votes, followed by APGA (6,994), APC (3,373) and LP (206).

-The Nation

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

Gboyega Oyetola

Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.

He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.

Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.

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“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.

“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.

“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.

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The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.

“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.

Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.

“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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