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INEC declares Akeredolu winner of Ondo gov election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, as the winner of the Saturday state governorship election.

INEC Returning Officer for the election, Prof Idowu Olayinka, at the INEC headquarters in Akure on Sunday declared Akeredolu, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), the winner after polling a total of 292,830 votes ahead of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, who recorded 195,791 votes.

Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) was in a distant third, having scored 69,127 votes.

Below are votes garnered by the parties:

AAC – 814

ADC – 2,440

ADP – 3,464

APC – 292,830

APGA – 271

APM – 309

APP – 527

LP – 1,977

NNPP – 222

NRM – 468

PDP – 195,791

PRP – 669

SDP – 3,053

YPP – 398

ZLP – 69, 127

The results of the 16 local government areas show the following:

Ifedore LG:

APC 9,350,

PDP 11,852,

ZLP 1.860

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Irele LG

APC 12,643

PDP 5,493

ZLP 5,904

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Ile Oluji LG

APC 13,278

PDP 9,231

ZLP 1,971

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Ondo East LG

APC 6,485

PDP 4,049

ZLP 3,221

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Idanre LG

APC 11,286

PDP 7,499

ZLP 3,623

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Owo LG

APC 35.957

PDP 5,311

ZLP 408

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Akoko North East LG

APC 16,572

PDP 8,380

ZLP 3,532

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Akoko South West LG

APC 21,232

PDP 15,055

ZLP 2,775

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Akoko North West LG

APC 15,809

PDP 10,320

ZLP 3,477

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Akure North LG

APC 9,546

PDP 12,263

ZLP 1,046

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Akoko South East LG

APC 9,419

PDP 4,033

ZLP 2,055

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Akure South LG

APC 17,277

PDP 47,627

ZLP 2,236

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Ose LG

APC 15,122

PDP 8,421

ZLP 1,083

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Okitipupa LG

APC 19,266

PDP 10,367

ZLP 10,120

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Ondo West LG

APC 15,977

PDP 10,627

ZLP 10,159

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Odigbo LG

APC 23,571

PDP 9,485

ZLP 6,540

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Ese-Odo LG

APC 13,383

PDP 4,680

ZLP 4,760

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Breaking: Ekweremadu withdraws from Enugu governorship race

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has withdrawn from the Enugu State governorship race.

Ekweremadu said he would not participate in today’s governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State.

This was contained in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday morning by his campaign organisation.

Ekweremadu, who is currently representing Enugu West Senatorial District at the Senate, was a foremost governorship aspirant in the state before announcing his withdrawal.

On Tuesday, the former governor of old Anambra State Senator Jim Nwobodo had announced that Enugu East Senatorial zone had adopted Dr Peter Mbah as the next governor of Enugu State.

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He also said that Senator Ekweremadu had given his support for Peter Mbah to succeed Ugwuanyi, although the governor had yet openly endorsed anybody as his successor.

However, in a swift reaction, Ekweremadu campaign organisation said it was false.

But on Wednesday morning, in what appeared a new twist, the campaign organisation issued a statement titled “Senator Ekweremadu won’t participate in PDP primary election”.

The statement signed by Ikeoha Campaign Organisation, Hon Charles Asogwa, read “I wish to inform our supporters and Nigerians that the former Deputy President of the Senate and foremost governorship aspirant in Enugu State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, will not be participating in the PDP governorship primary election scheduled for this Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

“Meanwhile, we continue to trust God as we appreciate our teeming supporters and the good people of Enugu State for the enormous goodwill they have ceaselessly invested in the actualisation of the “Pathway to a New Enugu State”.

“We urge them to remain peaceful and be assured that we will keep them abreast of our decision on the way forward.”

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2023: Massive deployment of security agents as Lagos PDP holds gov’ship primary + photo

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Armed security personnel, mainly Department of State Service, police and Civil Defense as Lagos Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, holds it’s primary to elect Gubernatorial flagbearer for the 2023 poll in the state.

In a statement by National Chairman of the PDP, Senator, Iyorchia Ayu, on Tuesday, the event will take place at Haven event centre, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

Ayu advised Non-Delegate to stay away or face the wrath of the law as security has been madated to ensure maximum hitch-free exercise.

The aspirants are: Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor, Ade Dosumu and Deji Doherty.

 

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Why I lost PDP primary in Kogi -Dino Melaye

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Dino Melaye

Former lawmaker, Dino Melaye, has blamed gang-up for his loss at the primary to elect the senatorial candidate for Kogi West on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The PUNCH had reported that the lawmaker representing Kabba/Bunu Ijumu Federal constituency, Tajudeen Yusuf, defeated Senator Dino Melaye to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party senatorial ticket in Kogi State.

Yusuf defeated Melaye, who represented Kogi West in the eighth Assembly with 163 votes as against 99 votes polled by Melaye.

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In a rerun election held Tuesday in Kaba, following a tied result of 88 votes apiece for the duo of TJ Yusuf and Dino Melaye after Monday’s delegates election.

Congratulating Yusuf, Melaye tweeted, “The primary has been fought and won. I congratulate Hon. T.J YUSUF and thank all those who voted in the first and second ballot for me.

“The gang-up is unimaginable but l give God praise. God bless you all. SDM.”

In Kogi East, former banker, Dr Victor Adoji clinched the ticket to fly the flag of PDP at next February’s general election.

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