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I Have A 50 Years Vision For Ogun State, Amosun’s Candidate, Akinlade Speaks Ahead Of Guber Battle

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Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM), in Ogun State, says he has a 50 years vision for the south-western state.

Akinlade, who said that his team was the “most capable and fortified” to take over from Gov. Ibikunle Amosun in 2019, declared that the state would be the pride of Africa within 15 years if he was voted into power.

NAN reports that he spoke in Abeokuta on Thursday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Egba Traditional Council at the Ake Palace.

Akinlade will slug it out with Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akinlade said that he had the experience to transform Ogun, having performed excellently as Special Assistant on Revenue Mobilisation.

“When I served as Special Assistant to the Governor on Revenue Mobilisation, I was able to raise the Internally Generated Revenue of the state from N700 million to an average of between N6 billion and 7 billion per month,” he said.

He said that Amosun’s legacies must be sustained, promising that projects started by Amosun would be completed and put to use.

“The developmental strides in the state is less than 10 per cent of what was contained in Amosun’s blueprint; part of the blueprint is the rail project that will cut across major areas in Ogun.

“When I met Amosun, I met a man of vision who knew what he wanted for the state. But the initial challenge we faced was finance. I was part of the history which increased our revenue to what it is today before I left for a federal assignment in Abuja.”

While seeking the blessing of the traditional rulers, Akinlade said that the result of the election would not be determined in Abuja.

“The results of the election will be determined by the good people of the state; no one can impose anyone on them,” he said.

Earlier, the Director-General of the Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Sarafa Tunji Isola, had faulted the allegation that Akinlade was imposed on the people of the state by Amosun.

“The party leadership assessed his character, capacity and capability before endorsing the candidature of Akinlade,” he said.

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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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