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2019 Elections

I’m not meddling in Kano elections, says Tinubu

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The All Progressives Congress National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday refuted rumours going around that he was in Kano and meddling in the state’s rescheduled elections.

Tinubu in a statement said he had not been in Kano at any point during the conduct of the elections.

A copy of the statement was made available to newsmen in Lagos by Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Mr Tunde Rahman.

He said that the picture of himself and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano that was circulating in the media was taken in 2018 when the governor visited Lagos.

According to him, such rumours are harmful to the democracy Nigeria seeks to enshrine and goes against the progressive tradition that describes Kano’s politics.

“These desperate politicians stir resentment of others as a way to get the support of the people.

“They use lies and deception as their crutch, casting me as some type of one-man political invasion intending to unduly influence the governorship election.

“For the record, I’m not in Kano and has not been in Kano at any point during the conduct of these elections.

“The picture that these liars are circulating is one that was taken last year when the governor visited Lagos, “he said.

Tinubu said that Kano had historically stood as a bastion of progressive politics.

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According to him, Its brand of politics helped inspire the establishment of the APC.

“Regarding the people of Kano, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration.

“Kano has an enlightened electorate that will vote as they believe. I hope that they will disregard the lies and rumours about me and remain faithful to their progressive tradition.

“If the people do so, then they would have voted in their best interests and that is for the APC, the party of President Muhammadu Buhari, “he said.

Tinubu said that he had been at the forefront of the struggle for electoral reforms, justice and equality over the years and would never do anything to desecrate those fine ideals.

“I believe in a free and fair electoral process, a project to which I have devoted the majority of my adult life to achieve.

“Let this election be decided on the relative merits of the competing candidates.

“I’m a committed Democrat and advocate of free and fair electoral processes. I will neither support nor work to promote anything that will undermine or weaken the electoral system, ” Tinubu said.

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2019 Elections

APC thanks Bayelsa, Kogi electorate over victory

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has thanked the people of Kogi and Bayelsa over its resounding victory in the governorship election in both states.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC congratulated all Nigerians, its teeming supporters and members for the hard-earned election victory.

According to Issa-Onilu, indeed, these victories are as significant as are well-deserved.

“In Kogi, our great party is delighted that the good people of the state ignored the propaganda and clannish campaign by the opposition and reelected our candidate, Gov. Yahaya Bello. We cannot thank the Kogi electorate enough.

“Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the senatorial election in Kogi West inconclusive, we are confident that when the supplementary election is held, our candidate, Sen. Smart Adeyemi will reclaim his earlier stolen mandate.

“Our party’s victory in Bayelsa is even more of a landmark. Against all odds and in defiance of the established but retrogressive political order since 1999, Bayelsans decided through their votes to overwhelmingly elect our governorship candidate, David Lyon,” he said.

He said Bayelsans decided to ditch the disastrous regime of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitch their tent with a progressive platform.

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According to him, this is a sacred trust our candidate and party will not take for granted.

“The party expresses its profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his moral support for our candidates; the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, our governors and other party leaders for their support and distinguished presence at our rallies in Kogi and Bayelsa.

“We also thank the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo for rallying massive support during the final grand rally in Lokoja, Kogi State.

“We appreciate the tireless efforts of our National Campaign Councils for Kogi and Bayelsa, headed by Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna and Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa,” Issa-Onilu said.

He said that the party dedicated its election successes to the good people of the two states with a solemn promise that victorious candidates would justify the confidence reposed in them.

“There remains much to be done in ensuring the sanctity of our electioneering process, particularly partisan approach to elections.

 “The PDP must begin to address itself to the new reality that votes are beginning to count. PDP’s retrogressive tactics of massive thumb printing, ballot box snatching, vote-buying, thuggery, violence and other illegal schemes will no longer win election for them,” he said.

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INEC declares Yahaya Bello winner of Kogi Governorship election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the Kogi election, Yahaya Bello, has been declared as the winner of the exercise on held on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer for the election, Professor Ibrahim Umar, said that Bello polled a massive 406,222 votes to defeat his contestant, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.

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Professor Umar said Bello had been declared winner, having scored the highest number of votes during the poll conducted on Saturday.

The INEC official said the total number of cancelled is 149,576 and that the margin of lead is 216,518.

Details to come shortly…

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APC supporters celebrate on the streets of Yenagoa

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After the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa, scores of the party’s supporters stormed the streets in celebration of the victory.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, who announced the result, said APC polled 352,552 votes to win in the election.

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He said APC’s closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 143, 172 votes.

Orumwnese said APC won the election in six Local Government Areas, while PDP won in two.

See photos from the streets below:

Photos: Oluwafemi Dawodu

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