Buhari Wins Seven States, Atiku Four, PDP Rejects Results.

 Buhari Wins Seven States, Atiku Four, PDP Rejects Results.

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday started the announcement of the results of Saturday’s presidential election.

As of the time of filing this report, INEC had announced the result in 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The states are Ondo, Ekiti, Gombe, Kwara, Kogi, Yobe, Abia, Osun, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Enugu and the Federal Capital Territory.

The results were announced by the returning officers of the states at the National Collation Centre in Abuja.

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, won in Ekiti, Nasarawa, Yobe, Kwara, Kogi and Gombe, while his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, won in Ondo, Abia, Ebonyi and the FCT.

However, some results declared by collation officers in states which have not been taken to the national collation centre in Abuja reveal that Buhari is in strong lead. The states where Buhari is leading in this category include Bauchi, Lagos, Ogun and Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna while Atiku has won in Adamawa and Plateau states.

Buhari wins in Kwara with 308,984 votes

In Kwara State, Buhari won the election having scored 308,984 votes, as announced by INEC.

The result was announced on Monday at the National Collation Centre, Abuja, by Prof. Abdullahi Bala, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, who is the Collation Officer for the election in Kwara.

Bala, while announcing the result, said Atiku scored 138,984 votes.

He said Prof. Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party secured 140 votes; Ositelu Babatunde of Accord (A) got 149 votes; while Ibrahim Hassan of the African Peoples Alliance scored 1,010 votes.

Bala gave the number of total registered voters in the state as 1,401,895; total accredited voters 489,482; Total valid votes 459,676, total votes cast at 486,254 and rejected votes to be 26,578.

Atiku floors Buhari in Adamawa

However, Atiku was declared the winner of the election in his home state of Adamawa.

Declaring the result on Monday in Yola, the Presidential Election Returning Officer for Adamawa, Prof. Andrew Yakubu, said Abubakar scored 410,266 votes to defeat the APC candidate who scored 378,078 votes.

Yakubu said the total number of registered voters in the state was 1,959,322, while 874,920 voters were accredited

The Presidential election results are from the 21 local government areas of Adamawa.

The PDP won in 11 LGAs, while the APC had 10.

INEC announces Buhari winner in Ekiti

INEC however announced Buhari of the APC as winner of Saturday’s election in Ekiti.

The result was announced at the National Collation Centre, Abuja, by Prof. Idowu Olayinka, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, who is the Collation Officer for the election in the state.

Olayinka said Buhari polled 219, 231 votes to beat Atiku, who scored 154,032 votes. Felix Nicholas of Peoples Coalition Party was third with 2,299 votes.

According to him, Moghalu of YPP scored 68 votes, Mr Da-Sliva Ayo of Save Nigeria Congress polled 339 votes, and Omoyele Sowere of the African Action Congress got 400 votes.

Other scores, Olayinka said, were 406 votes for the African Democratic Congress and 88 votes for Durotoye Olufela of Alliance for New Nigeria.

He said that total registered voters in Ekiti was 899,919, but that 395,741 were accredited, while total votes cast in the poll was 393,709, with 12, 577 rejected.

Olayinka noted that the number of political parties on the ballot paper was responsible for the high number of voided votes in the election.

Buhari defeats Atiku in Ogun

Also in Ogun State, Prof. Joseph Adeola-Fuwape, the state Collation Officer for the Presidential election, declared Buhari as the winner of the poll.

Adeola-Fuwape, who announced the result at the INEC headquarters in Abeokuta on Monday, said Buhari scored 281,762 votes, while his closest rival scored 194,655 votes.

Adeola-Fuwape, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, said the total number of registered voters was 2,336, 887 while the total number of accredited voters was 613,397.

Adeola-Fuwape added that the number of valid votes was 564, 256 while 41,682 votes were rejected.

He also said the total number of votes cast was 605, 938.

He said Buhari won in 14 of the 20 council areas in the state while Atiku won in six council areas.

Buhari triumphs over Atiku in Gombe

Buhari also won the election in Gombe State after polling 403,961 votes out of 580,649 total votes cast in the state.

The result was announced on Monday at INEC National Collation Centre in Abuja, by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Kyari Mohammed.

Mohammed, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, said Atiku scored 138,484 votes in the state.

He said that out of the 1,385,191 total registered voters in the state, 604,240 were accredited. The number of valid votes was 554,203, while 26,446 were rejected.

Mohammed said election was cancelled in 13 polling units in two Local Government Areas with 7,090 registered voters in the affected areas.

The cancelled polling units include 11 in Balanga LGA with 6,308 voters and two polling units with 782 registered voters in Duku LGA.

Atiku sweeps Ebonyi

INEC has declared Atiku winner in the presidential poll held in Ebonyi State on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the APC in the state had, however, rejected the result and vowed to challenge it through appropriate channels.

The Presidential Election Collation Officer in the state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Eze, supervised the declaration of the results by INEC’s collation officers in the 13 local government areas in the state at the commission’s headquarters in Abakaliki.

Eze said Atiku garnered 258, 575 votes as against Buhari’s 90, 726 votes.

According to the results declared, Atiku won in 12 LGAs leaving Buhari with victory in Ikwo council.

Reacting to the result, Chairman of the APC in the state, Mr Eze Nwachukwu, called for the cancellation of the election citing intimidation, electoral violence and over-voting, allegedly committed by the ruling party in the state as reasons.

Buhari floors Atiku in Lagos

Buhari has also polled 580,825 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku of the PDP in Lagos State.

According to Prof. Felix Salako, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, who was the INEC state collation officer, Atiku scored 448,015 to come second at the end of the state final collation of the Presidential election results from the 20 LGAs of the state.

Salako, who collated the results of the 20 LGAs, said the state had 6,313,507 registered voters out of which 1, 196, 490 were accredited for voting.

Atiku wins Plateau with 548, 665 votes

Meanwhile, Atiku has won Saturday’s presidential election in Plateau State after scoring 548,665 votes.

Atiku defeated his closest opponent, Buhari, of the APC, who scored 468, 555 votes.

Prof. Richard Kimbir, the Collation Officer for the election in the state, declared the results on Monday in Jos.

Kambir, who is the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said Atiku won in 11 local government areas to defeat Buhari who won in six LGAs.

Atiku thrashes Buhari in Enugu

However, Atiku was announced as the winner of Saturday’s presidential election in Enugu State.

The result was announced at the National Collation Centre, Abuja, by Prof. Joseph Ehaneku, the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who is the Collation Officer for the election in the state.

Ehaneku announced that Atiku polled 355,553 votes to defeat Buhari, who scored 54,423 votes.

He said that total registered voters in Abia were 1,935,168 but that 452,765 were accredited, while total votes cast in the polls were 451,014 with 30,049 rejected.

Buhari records landslide victory in Yobe

But Buhari was declared winner of the election in Yobe State.

Prof. Abubakar Musa, the State Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Wukari , Taraba State, announcing the result, said Buhari scored 497,914 votes in the state.

Musa said that Atiku scored 50,763 votes from the 559.365 valid votes cast in the state.

He said that the state had 1,365,913 registered voters, 601,059 accredited voters for the election, 586,137 total votes cast and 26,772 rejected votes.

Secondus alleged that 157,591 votes from 86 polling units were cancelled in Nasarawa State alone.

He also alleged that 10, 000 illegal votes were given to the APC in Wurno LGA in Sokoto State.

Despite provocation, intimidation and alleged attempts to “hijack our democracy and change the course of history,” Secondus said he was sure that the PDP was on course at winning the presidential election.

Meanwhile, the legal team of the PDP has summoned an emergency meeting for Tuesday, TheCable, has reported.

Coming on the heels of the rejection of the presidential election result by the main opposition party, the meeting is expected to discuss the next line of action.

The notice of meeting was sent by Kabir Turaki, former Minister of Special Duties, who unsuccessfully sought the presidential ticket of the PDP for the 2019 election.

The meeting, which will hold at the Legacy House, Abuja, is expected to start at 4pm.

Turaki, a senior advocate, told invitees to “appear in person as there will be no representation please.”

“The legal works are about to begin,” a senior PDP official told TheCable.

Parties can seek redress after elections – INEC

Reacting to the PDP’s position, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, urged all political parties to allow the commission to conclude the process of announcing the results and declaring the winner as required by law.

He said, “Collation of the 2019 Presidential Election has yet to be concluded and is ongoing as I write this. In fact, only the results of Ekiti, Osun, Kwara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Gombe, Ondo, Abia states and the Federal Capital Territory have been presented at the National Collation Centre for the election.

“To be sure, only nine out of the 36 states have so far presented their results. Therefore, the overall winner has not yet been declared.

“We appeal to all political parties to allow the commission to conclude the process of announcing the results and declaring the winner of the election as required by law. Thereafter, any political party that does not agree with the outcome reserves the right to seek redress at the appropriate quarters.”

It is illogical for PDP to reject results – Keyamo

However, the Presidential Campaign Council of the APC has said it is illogical for the PDP to reject results of the presidential poll that are still being collated.

The council in a statement by its spokesperson, Festus Keyamo (SAN), expressed surprise at Secondus’ statement rejecting the results as being announced presently by INEC in Abuja.

The statement read, “How come the PDP is rejecting results that have not been fully and completely announced? How can one reject the result of an uncompleted game? The process of an election does not end until the final collation and announcement of results.

“Is the PDP rejecting the totality of the results nationwide? If yes, does it mean they also reject the results that would be announced later by INEC which may indicate that they have won in certain areas? Are they also rejecting the results already announced that indicate they won in some areas? For instance, are they rejecting the results of the FCT already announced in which they won?

“If indeed they are only rejecting areas where they lost, are they implying that it is only in areas where they won that can be adjudged free and fair and all areas where they lost must be adjudged rigged? Is that the mentality of true democrats?”

Keyamo said it was curious that the PDP rejected the results as being announced, yet claimed they were coasting to victory.

“What kind of logic is that? What kind of confusion is now reigning in the minds of the top hierarchy of the PDP that they can spew such illogicality?

“It is now obvious that the top hierarchy of the PDP is hysterical and nervous. We urge them to calm down. Obviously, this is the first time they are sensing a massive loss of an election as opposition party. It is a new experience for them. They are confused and disoriented.

The council urged INEC, Nigerians and our international friends not to be swayed by the “infantile” antics of the PDP.

Ayomide Oyewole

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