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2019 Elections

PDP candidate rejects inconclusive election in Ondo South

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Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo South Senatorial District in the last Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections, Mr Nicholas Tofowomo,  has rejected the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declaring election in Ondo South Senatorial District inconclusive.

Tofowomo polled 79,029 votes against his closest rival, Sen. Yele Omogunwa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 51,993.

Prof. Kayode Onifade, the INEC Returning Officer for Ondo South declared the election inconclusive over what he described as various irregularities in the election.

He also cited the cancelled votes of 28,047, which was higher than the leading margin of 27,036 votes as another reason for the decision to declare the election inconclusive.

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However, in a statement on Monday by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Nicholas Tofowomo Campaign Organisation, Mr Olumide Akinrionlola, Tofowomo condemned the decision.

The PDP candidate alleged that INEC in conjunction with the APC was on course to subvert the will of the people of Ondo South.

Tofowomo said that Onifade was unable to give satisfactory account of the Polling Units where various irregularities occurred, until he (Onifade) got to Akure.

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He noted that three House of Representatives members were declared winners in the same areas where the senatorial elections were held simultaneously, adding that something was fishy in the decision of INEC on the issue.

The PDP candidate urged INEC, to as a matter of urgency, declare him as the winner of the senatorial seat without delay.

He, however, urged his supporters to be calm and avoid taking laws into their hands.

“We reject in it is entirety the inconclusive decision of INEC for the Ondo South Senatorial election because it is a ploy by INEC and APC to subvert the will of the electorate.

“We challenge INEC to give satisfactory account of areas of irregularities because the three members of House Representatives were declared winners of the same election held simultaneously in the same areas.

“It is worrisome for INEC Returning Officer to say he can only give names of troubled areas responsible for the inconclusiveness when he gets to Akure.

“I hereby urge our supporters to be calm and ensure they are law-abiding, because our victory cannot be shortchanged,” Tofowomo said.

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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.

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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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