Some journalists covering the Supplementary Governorship election in Kano State on Saturday escaped lynching by some suspected thugs at Suntulma Primary School in Gama ward of Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
The journalists who were in the area to monitor the poll were chased out of the place by the hoodlums.
Trouble began when some of the newsmen tried to interview some voters who were denied access into the classrooms where some of the polling units were stationed.
While trying to flee the troubled area, some of the journalists fell on the ground and one of them (Name withheld), had to take refuge in a nearby Mosque in order to save his life.
Some of the reporters had their clothes torn by the thugs.
Speaking to newsmen, some voters alleged that they were not allowed to exercise their franchise as they were chased out of the area.
One of them, Comrade Aminu Tijjani, said he went to the primary school to cast his vote at his polling unit but had to return to escape the hoodlums’ attack.
“The situation is very bad and this is not how to conduct an election where people or voters are denied the opportunity to vote,” Tijjani said.
Another voter, Sani Abdullahi, said he came to vote as early as 8 a.m. but was scared away by the suspected thugs numbering about 10.
Meanwhile, voting has commenced in other affected polling units across the 28 local government areas of the state.
The re-run election is being conducted to decide the winner between two candidates – Abba Kabir-Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 1,014,477 votes, and incumbent Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 987,810 votes in the first poll conducted on March 9.
The margin between the candidates stood at 26,655 votes in favour of Kabir-Yusuf.
APC thanks Bayelsa, Kogi electorate over victory
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.
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.
INEC declares Yahaya Bello winner of Kogi Governorship election
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.
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…
APC supporters celebrate on the streets of Yenagoa
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.
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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