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PDP: INEC Recognises Buruji Kashamu’s Faction For 2019 Polls In Ogun

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has finally the recognized leadership of Senator of Senator Buruji Kashamu’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party to produce candidates in all levels of election for the 2019 polls in Ogun State.

This has been communicated to the national leadership of the PDP and the Adebayo Dayo-led faction of the party, which has Kashamu’s backing, by INEC.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, had ordered INEC and the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the party to accept and process the list of candidates and delegates submitted to them by the Dayo-led Ogun State Executive Committee of the PDP for the purpose of the 2019 general election.

The two factions of the PDP in the state produced Shittu Adeleke and Ladi Adebutu as governorship candidates.

However, the Dayo-led group which is backed by Kashamu, the representative of Ogun East Senatorial District, in a suit filed before the court, sought an interlocutory order directing the INEC to accept or process delegates and candidates produced by the group as the authentic for the next general elections.

In a letter addressed to the PDP, dated October 25, which was received by the party on October 30, the commission stated that it has recognised only the candidates’ list from the lawful primaries conducted by the Dayo PDP Ogun executive.

Going by the INEC letter to the party, Adeleke will now be the governorship candidate of PDP in Ogun State instead of Adebutu, whose name was submitted to INEC by the party.

However, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described INEC’s decision as a huge compromise.

Ologbondiyan said: “If INEC claimed that it collected any list outside what the national secretariat of PDP submitted to it, it is a huge compromise.

“And we say so according to our statutes and all the laws governing elections in Nigeria.

INEC cannot take a list from a state of the party.

“INEC takes list from the national headquarters of the party.

“So if it claimed that it had gone to take any list from anywhere, it is unknown to us and it is unknown to the rule guiding elections in Nigeria.

“They acknowledged all the names that we submitted to them.

“So, it is totally strange, unknown to the rules and unknown to the PDP that INEC is claiming that it has another list.

“We are not aware.”

In the letter signed by INEC’s acting Secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche, the electoral body said its decision was informed by the orders by the Federal High Court in three cases.

These were FHC/L/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo & Anor vs INEC & 5 Ors; FHC/l/CFS/114/2018 Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju (Member PDP National Working Committee) and 6 Ors. vs INEC and 30 Ors; and FHC/ABJ/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo (State Chairman) & 8 Ors. vs INEC & 3 Ors.

INEC said the Federal High Court in the matters ordered the Commission to recognize the Dayo-led State Executive Committee of PDP in Ogun State and receive a list of candidates for the 2019 Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections from the said committee.

It recalled that the Commission vide a letter dated April 12 informed PDP of the Commission’s compliance with the judgments of the Federal High Court in the suits, which were subsisting until set aside.

INEC said: “Further to the above decision, the Federal High Court Abeokuta Division on 2nd October 2018 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo (State Chairman) 8: 8 Ors. vs INEC & 3 Ors. also ordered the commission to recognize Adebayo Dayo led state executive committee of PDP in Ogun State and receive a list of candidates for the 2019 Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections from the said committee.

“Consequently, the Commission hereby notes the decisions of the Federal High Court in the above-referred cases and will publish the lists of candidates submitted by the Adebayo Dayo led State Executive Committee of Ogun State pursuant to the Orders of the Federal High Court until they are set aside.”

Kashamu, whose faction’s list was accepted, commended INEC and the leadership of the party for recognizing the Dayo-led Ogun PDP exco.

He reiterated his earlier call on party’s elders, leaders and teeming supporters to embark on massive mobilization and reconciliation for a successful outing at the polls.

Kashamu declared that there should be a “No victor, No vanquished” disposition amongst party members, saying: “We shall all reap from the electoral fortune that will be ours at the 2019 general election.”

The National Executive Committee of the party had earlier expelled Kashamu, Dayo and two members of the Ogun State chapter of the party over alleged anti-party activities, which was later overturned by the court.

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Ganduje Declared Winner Of Kano Guber Poll

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Kano APC Gubernatorial Candidate and Incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has won his reelection bid, he was declared winner by Bello Shehu, the returning officer for the Kano governorship election.

The results of a combination of March 9 and 23 elections show All Progressives Congress as garnering 1,033,695, while Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) netted 1,024,713.

Ganduje won with a margin of 8,982.

Declaring the winner of the election, Shehu said the APC candidate garnered 1,033,695, while Abba scored 1,024,713 votes.

He said the APC candidate defeated the PDP candidate with 8,982 votes margin and therefore declared Ganduje the winner, having satisfied the requirements of the law by scoring the highest number of votes.

According to Shehu, the winner was declared after the collation of results from all the affected 28 local government areas where the supplementary elections was conducted on Saturday, March 23.

He said Ganduje polled a total of 45,876, while Kabir of the PDP got 10,239 votes during last Saturday’s supplementary elections in 28 local government areas of the state.

The governorship election was earlier declared inconclusive following the high number of cancellation of votes as a result of violence and over-voting.

According to the collation officer, the total number of votes cancelled during the earlier election which led to the declaration of the poll as inconclusive was beyond the margin between the PDP candidate who was leading with 26,000 votes and that of the APC candidate.

Yusuf had 1,014,474 against Ganduje who garnered 987,819 votes in the March 9 election.

Suleiman Rabiu-Bichi, the state’s PDP chairman, has rejected the entire re-run election, especially that of Gama in Nassarawa local government area.

The PDP chairman described the election processes as “shameful” and called for the immediate cancellation of the exercise.

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Sokoto Guber: INEC Announces Tambuwal of PDP Winner Of Governorship Election

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Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, has been declared winner of the governorship election in the state.

Tambuwal won with a slim margin, after collation of results from 22 Local Governments Areas (LGAs), where supplementary election took place on Saturday.

Fatima Mukhtar, Returning Officer for the election, announced this at the INEC collation center in the state in the state on Sunday.

Governor Tambuwal polled 512,002 votes to defeat Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who came close behind with 511,661, losing to his erstwhile principal with just 341votes.

Tambuwal was leading with 489, 558 votes on March 9 when the governorship election was declared inconclusive, while Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress, APC came behind with 486,145 votes.

He had led with 3,413 votes with cancellations in 136 polling units across 22 LGAs, which had 75,403 registered voters.

For Kebbe LGA, the last deciding factor for the elections, PDP secured 5,457, while APC polled 7,173 votes.

Official results of 21 LGAs announced so far at the State collation centre, located at the Sultan Maccido Institutes, indicates that Tambuwal was leading his counterpart, Aliyu Ahmad of the APC, with a margin of 161 votes.

However, at the final count, the APC polled 511,661 votes, while the PDP secured 512,002 votes, respectively.

As such, PDP defeated APC with 341 votes.

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BREAKING: Samuel Ortom Of PDP Declared Winner Of Benue Governorship Election

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Governor Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been declared winner of the Benue State governorship election.

Ortom was declared winner on Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after the supplementary election held in some polling units across the state.

The PDP candidate defeated his main challenger, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to win his second term ticket.

Announcing the result on Sunday, the Returning Officer, Prof Sebastian Maimako, said Ortom of the PDP polled 434,473 votes to humble APC’s Jime, who came behind with 345,155 votes, thus, winning with 89,318 margin.

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