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Whether Atiku Holds Meetings In Dubai Or Jungle, We Are Not Afraid —- Tinubu Boasts

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said he and other chieftains of the party are not afraid of where the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, holds his meetings ahead of the 2019 elections.

Tinubu said this when he spoke with State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

He said: “We don’t fear, whether he (Atiku) is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi.

“People are free to meet and strategise in any way they feel, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP.

“It is not possible.

“Nigerians will not do that.

“They say slow and steady wins the race.

“We inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people.

“We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years.

“They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin.”

Tinubu also dismissed the call for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, saying party supremacy must be respected.

According to the APC National Leader, Oshiohmole has so far not violated APC\s constitution or engaged in any anti-party activity that will warrant his resignation or removal from office.

He said: “We all have to respect the party supremacy.

“You were all here when we had the Congress, we elected the new executives, we had the convention, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power, we surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole.

“That the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections.

“We signed off for it.

“So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it.

“We gave three options: consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.

“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegates (system) and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, national election committee of the party.

“That shows party supremacy or the freest option, the less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number 1,2,3.

“If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.”

Tinubu further explained that an appeal committee was set up by the party to look into grievances arising from the conduct of the party’s primaries.

He said the committee, which served as internal mechanism for conflict resolution, had performed its duties diligently.

He said: “It was there (appeal committee), you cannot turn round against that, and you cannot turn against all of that.

“No.

“Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it.

“It is party politics.

“Somebody will win and somebody will lose.

“Too bad.”

It would be recalled that Oshiohmole had on October 21 in a statement by his press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, alleged that conservatives within the party are ganging up to pass a vote of no-confidence on him.

He said in the statement that his sin was his refusal to allow continued impunity and circumvention of due process being perpetuated in some states.

The APC chairman added that he was not surprised by the gang up as he never had the illusion that the process of reforming the party was going to be an easy one.

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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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