Saturday’s Governorship polls in 29 out of the 36 states have continued to throw up a few surprises, with some powerful politicians losing their hitherto stronghold, while records were broken in others.
In Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC will succeed Babatunde Fashola (SAN) as governor on May 29 after his victory in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The former Accountant General in the state defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenger, Mr. Olujimi Agbaje and three others in a keenly contested poll supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The state’s Collation Officer, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, said Ambode won in 14 local government areas, while his PDP rival clinched six local councils.
The APC candidate polled 811, 994 votes, while Agbaje scored 659, 788.
At exactly 6.50pm yesterday, Agbaje called Ambode to congratulate him as the governor-elect of Lagos State.
In Oyo, the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, emerged winner of the gubernatorial election, breaking the second term jinx in the state.
Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated former governors Rasheed Ladoja of Accord Party (APC) and Alao Akala of the Labour Party(LP); as well as a former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party’s Seyi Makinde
The APC polled 327,310, Accord- 254,520, LP – 184,111, PDP – 79,019 and SDP- 54,740.
With his victory, Ajimobi is the first Oyo State governor to be re-elected for a second term.
Former governors, Bola Ige, Lamidi Adesina, Mr. Ladoja and Mr. Akala all lost their re-election bids.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, won the governorship election in the state.
Announcing the result of the election yesterday in Uyo, Returning Officer for the election, Prof. James Epoke, said Emmanuel scored 996, 071 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Mr Umana Umana, who polled 89, 865 votes.
Other results, according to him, are Sen. Helen Esuene of Labour Party, 8,600 votes and Accord Party candidate, Mr Samuel Akpan,10, 598 votes.
Epoke said that Emmanuel won in all the 31 local government areas in the state.
He said that the total number of registered voters in the state was 1,548,531 while 1,158,624 voters were accredited for the election, adding that total valid votes cast in the election was 1,110,580.
Void votes, he said, were 12, 256 and total votes cast were 1, 122, 836.
“By the provision of the Electoral Act, Emmanuel, having scored the highest number of votes cast in the election, is hereby declared elected,” he announced.
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Masari, won the governorship election in Katsina State under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Returning Officer, Prof. Lawal Bilbis, said on Sunday that Masari polled 943,085 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Musa Nashuni, who scored 476,768 votes in the Saturday’s elections.
Bilbis said that PDM candidate, Sen. Yakubu Lado, got 50,361 votes, while Alhaji Umar Abdullahi of APGA secured 42,302 votes.
According to the retuning officer, seven political parties took part in the election.
“Having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest the number of votes, Aminu Bello Masari of APC is declared the winner and returned elected,” Bilbis said.
He said that the election was free, fair and conducted in accordance with the law.
Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the gubernatorial election in the state.
He polled a total of 285,369 votes to defeat the Inuwa Yahaya of the APC who polled 205,132 votes
He won in ten out of the eleven local government areas of the state.
Returning Officer, Professor Saminu Ibrahim said Gombe state has a total of 1,102,853 registered voters with 535,081 of them accredited.
Of the 506,768 voters that came out, a total of 493,611 valid votes were recorded and 13,151 were declared invalid.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressive Congress (APC), won the governorship election in Kaduna State.
El-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, defeated 14 other candidates, including Gov. Mukhtar Yero who contested on the platform of the PDP.
The Returning Officer for the state, Prof. Jafar Kaura, said El-Rufai emerged victorious with 1, 117, 635 votes to defeat his closest rival, Yero of the PDP, who secured 485, 833 votes.
Kura said a total of 1, 710, 935 people were accredited for the election of which 1, 660, 109 voted.
According to him, 27, 116 votes were rejected while 65, 386 votes from 112 pulling units in 16 local government areas were cancelled due to various electoral offences.
The candidate of the PDP, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, won the governorship election in Enugu State.
Ugwuanyi, a member of the House of Representatives, defeated his closest rival, Okey Ezea of the All Progressives Congress with a wide margin, after winning in all the 17 local government areas in the state, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Half way into the collation of Adamawa Governorship election results, the candidate of the PDP, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, conceded defeat.
Ribadu in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam AbdulAziz Ahmad, said he had accepted the outcome of the election in good faith.
Ribadu concession statement was made shortly after the announcement of the result of 12 out of the 21 Local Government Areas of Adamawa by INEC.
Kwara State Governor and APC Candidate, Abdulfatah Ahmed, won with a landslide margin in the race to be re-elected as the governor of the state.
In the 16 local government results announced, APC cleared all.
The APC candidate in Bauchi State, Barr.Mohammed Abubakar, also won Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Announcing the result of the election on Sunday in Bauchi, the Reurning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Faruk, said Abubakar polled 654,934 votes, to defeat nine other contestants.
His closest opponent, Mr Mohammed Jatau of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), secured 282,650 votes.
Declaring Abubakar as the winner, Prof. Faruk said that the APC candidate had satisfied Section 179(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, having garnered highest number of total votes cast, and also secured the minimum number of votes required in each of the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaker of House of Representatives and Sokoto State APC candidate, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, became the governor-elect, after winning 22 out of the 23 local government areas.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, succeeded in his reelection bid as he was declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
The election which held across the 20 local governments in the state, saw Amosun defeating his closest rival, Gboyega Isiaka of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by 306,988 votes to 201,440 votes.
In the results of the governorship election declared yesterday, in Abeokuta, the state capital by Prof Duro Oni, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and INEC’s Returning officer for the state, 14 political parties, including APC, PDP, SDP, Kowa, LP, NCP, ID, DPP, CPP, APGA, PPA, PPN, UDP and UPN, took part in the contest and the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) had the highest number of votes cast.
APC candidate in Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, was declared governor elect by INEC after winning 15 out of the 23 local governments in the state.
Governor Gabriel Suswam, however, called to congratulate him for winning the election hours before the official announcement by INEC.
Stories by LUKMAN OLOGUNRO