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APC Retains Yobe, Kwara Governorship Seats

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APC-Logo1The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of All Progressives Congress winner of the Yobe governorship election.

Mr. Gaidam scored 334,847 votes to defeat a former Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Waziri of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 179, 700 votes.

Abubakar Njodi, the Governorship Collation Officer, who announced the results on Sunday in Damaturu said elections were conducted in all the 17 local governments.

Mr. Gaidam re-contested election against Mr. Waziri, Bukar Abba of Alliance for Democracy, Muhammad Lawan of All Progressives Grand Alliance and Ali Jallaba of National Conscience Party.

Mr. Njodi said the APC scored 334, 847; PDP, 179,700; AD, 1,225; APGA, 744; and NCP, 350 votes, respectively.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Habu Zarma, said “the elections were conducted peacefully, free, fair and credibly in all the 17 local governments”.

He described the election as a huge success, noting that the few hitches recorded did not in any way affect the outcome of the elections.

The commissioner urged losers to emulate the sportsmanship of President Goodluck Jonathan, while the winners should be magnanimous in victory.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Kwara State has been declared winner of the governorship election in the state, having fulfilled all conditions.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Musbau Akanji, who announced the result in Ilorin, the state capital, said the APC candidate and incumbent Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed polled 295,832 votes to defeat his closest rival, Senator Simeon Ajibola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 115,220 votes

According to Mr. Akanji, Governor Ahmed scored the highest number of votes cast in the election and the highest votes in all the 16 local government areas of the state.

He said for a candidate to emerge winner, he must score the highest number of votes and has 25 per cent in at least two third of the local government areas.

(NAN)

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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