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Nigerian News (Sunday, 24 March, 2019 Rerun Elections Edition)


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

1.Governor Simon Lalong, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been declared winner of the Plateau State Governorship Election.

Lalong who got 595,582 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jeremiah Useni, who got 546,813 votes, was declared winner by Prof. Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer in the state.

Following the supplementary election held on Saturday in nine Local Government Areas in the state, Lalong scored 12,327 votes, while PDP’s Useni got 8,487 votes.

2. Prof. T. Dooshima, the Returning Officer of Gboko Local Government Area, was on Saturday shot by some unknown gunmen.

The incident happened while the returning officer and another electoral officer for the same local government and the driver were in a vehicle marked FG 273 UO1 after declaring the result of the House of Assembly election.

“They shot Prof.  Dooshima, who is the returning officer for Gboko LGA. After they shot her,  we drove straight to INEC headquarters  so that we can make a statement about the incident.  She is in the hospital,” an eyewitness, Isaac Utom, said in Makurdi.

3. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State is currently leading so far in the rerun election held on Saturday in the state.

Here are the results by LGAs so far; Kware LGA, APC polled 211, PDP 186; Tureta, APC 56, PDP 238; Isa, APC  68, PDP 98; Gwadabawa, APC 187, PDP 163; Yabo, APC 110, PDP   106; and Dange Shuni, APC 652, PDP 626.

Sokoto South LGA, APC scored 313 while PDP polled 278; Bodinga, APC 299, PDP 309; Binji, APC 517 and PDP 1,039; Wamakko LGA — APC: 417, PDP: 221; Rabah LGA – APC:1,411, PDP: 1,319

Tambuwal had polled 489,558 votes in the earlier election held on March 9 against his closest rival the candidate of the APC, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu, who got 486,145 votes.

4. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State was leading Abba Yusuf, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano State.

As at 10pm yesterday, results from 8 out of 28 Local Government Areas where election took place showed that APC’s Ganduje got 6,473 votes while Abba of the PDP got 970 votes.

Here are the results so far by LGA; Bichi LGA – APC: 1,969, PDP: 39; Bebeji LGA -APC: 205, PDP: 0; Rogo LGA – APC: 1,033, PDP: 162; Karaye LGA – APC: 1,317, PDP: 27; Rimin Gado LGA – APC:  1,463, PDP: 12;  LGA: Warawa- APC: 501, PDP: 152; Rano LGA – APC: 2,337, PDP: 37;

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Dambatta LGA – APC: 608, PDP:24;  Takai LGA – APC: 4,221, PDP: 149; Albasu LGA – APC: 1,804, PDP: 66; Gabasawa LGA – APC: 728, PDP: 329; Minjibir LGA – APC: 2,414, PDP: 226; Wurno LGA – APC: 904, PDP: 609.

The election yesterday was widely marred with irregularities. It was described by many as a sham and a show of shame.

5. The Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, in an interview with Punch’s Godwin Isenyo, revealed that the North was against the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, because he vowed to restructure Nigeria.

“The outright endorsement of President Buhari was spurred by the need for the regime to consolidate on its performance, against the campaign by the PDP candidate to restructure the country and sell government asset such as the NNPC as well as the character of the parties concerned,” Sani said.

6. Governor Gboyega Oyetola in his reaction to his sacking by the Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal says that he remains the duly elected governor of the state regardless of the ruling on Friday.

He further expressed confidence that he would retain his mandate at the Appeal Court and Supreme Court.

“I am confident that our mandate will be reaffirmed at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. As you all know, it was a split judgement, telling us that it was not a unanimous decision. This is part of our strength at the appellate court.

“I must correct the impression that I have been removed from office. I remain the governor of Osun up until all the electoral litigation is finalised. My visit to this site is in furtherance of our commitment to ensuring a better life for all residents of the state and to demonstrate that governance brought about by our government continues.”

7. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a recent state described those who are discouraging his former deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, from going to court as evil.

Obasanjo said if President Muhammadu Buhari could challenge his defeat three time in court without reasonable cause before eventually winning in 2015, Atiku should also not be dissuaded from challenging his defeat in court too.

“Those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress, there will be violence, are evil minds looking for excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians,” he said.

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