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Nigerian News (Monday, 25 March, 2019 Rerun Elections Edition)

Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, the Sokoto State Governor

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are updates on the Rerun Elections held in Sokoto, Kano, Bauchi, Plateau, and Benue States, plus few other stories you need to know this Monday morning????. Enjoy!

1.Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State was on Sunday declared winner of the Governorship Election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Tambuwal who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the supplementary election which was held on Saturday March 23. He was initially leading the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Aliyu, in the governorship poll held on 9 March.

He got 512,002 votes to defeat the APC candidate who got 511,660 votes in total.

In the initial election Tambuwal got 489,558 votes while APC’s Aliyu got 486,145 votes. A difference of 3,413 votes.

2. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has been declared winner of the state governorship election.

Ortom was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday.

Ortom polled 434,473 votes to defeat his closest opponent, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Emmanuel Jime, who got 345,155 votes.

In the Initial Election held on 9 March, Ortom got 410,576 votes against APC’s Jime 329,022 votes.

Ortom in the Saturday’s supplementary election got 23,897 votes while Jime got 16,133 votes.

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday announced the incumbent Governor of Kano State and candidate of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, as winner of the controversial governorship election in the state.

According to INEC, Ganduje got 1,033,695 votes to defeat the candidate of the PDP, Abba Yusuf, who got 1,024,713 votes.

In the initial election, PDP’s Abba was leading Ganduje with over 26,000 votes. Ganduje had 987,819 votes while Abba had 1,014,474 votes.

In the supplementary poll, Ganduje got 45,876 votes against’s Abba’s 10,239 votes.

The supplementary election was however marred with violence and electoral irregularities and was in many opinion a show of shame.

4. 1Push Naija had already reported that the candidate of the APC and incumbent Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, emerged winner of the governorship election in the state.

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He defeated the PDP candidate, Jeremiah Useni, both in the initial election and the supplementary election.

APC’s Lalong got 583,255 votes against PDP’s Useni 538,321 votes in the initial poll. Lalong also polled 12,327 votes while Useni got 8,487 votes in the supplementary election.

5. Bala Mohammed, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Bauchi State is now in a clear lead following the supplementary election held in the state.

In the supplementary poll held on Saturday in 15 LGAs, PDP’s Mohammed got 6,376 votes against APC’s Mohammed Abubakar’s 5,117 votes.

The APC candidate is the incumbent governor of the state.

Mr. Mohammed who is a former FCT Minister got 469,512 votes against Governor Abubakar’s 465,453 votes.

He was however not yet declared winner because the result of one Local Government, Tafawa Balewa, is in court.

6. Report has it that Senate President Bukola Saraki is already working to influence the leadership of the 9th Senate.

According to Punch, Saraki and his group plans to work with and support any APC senator willing to accept its proposal to accommodate the PDP caucus in the senate.

An undisclosed source who confided in Punch said (as seen on Punch); “The group has come up with Plans “A”, “B” and “C”, preparatory to the horse-trading that is expected to characterise the race for the position of the Senate President.

“The group’s Plan A is to sponsor one of them for the position of the Senate President in the event that two or more members of the APC caucus present themselves for the position on the floor of the Senate.

“If it becomes difficult for the group to activate Plan “A”, it was agreed that it should support Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe in North East) who, according to members of the group, was more amenable; and, they believe that with him, they could win the position of Deputy Senate President.

“The group’s Plan “C” in case plans “A” and “B” fail is to support Senator Ahmed Lawan who they believe would not act to adversely affect the group’s interests.”

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