Rerun elections: PDP Wins Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue, APC Clears Plateau

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Following the rerun elections that were conducted by the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, 23, March 2019,
the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has clenched Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue states
while the All Progressives Congress (APC) cleared Plateau state.

In Benue state, the returning officer, Sebastian Maimako,
declared Ortom winner on Sunday after he secured 434,473 votes to defeat
Emmanuel Jime, his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), who polled 345,155 votes.

The governor emerged victorious with the margin of 89,318.

In Bauchi state, the governorship candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), Bala Muhammed, a former senator and FCT minister, was
on Sunday declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
have won the highest number of votes in the just concluded supplementary
governorship election.

He polled over 6, 376 votes to defeat the incumbent Bauchi
state governor, Muhammed Abubakar of the APC, who polled 5, 117 votes.

The results of the supplementary election held in 36 polling
units consolidated the leading margin of the PDP candidate who was earlier
leading with 2,059 votes before INEC cancelled the entire votes from Tafawa
Balewa local government over alleged mutilation of result sheet.

The cancelled Tafawa Balewa local government polls was
earlier slated for Saturday’s supplementary polls before INEC later reversed
its decision to continue collation and declaration of the result, after
Abubakar went to court to block the process.

However, having emerged victorious in the supplementary
polls, Muhammed said he was as good as the governor-elect as the rerun had
consolidated his winning chances more than ever before.

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He said the outcome of the Tafawa Balewa litigation may no
longer affect his victory.

Addressing a press conference in Bauchi, Muhammed thanked
the people of the state for standing by him.

Muhammed promised to run an all inclusive government which
he said will “silence the doubting Thomases.”

“The collation of the rerun election that has just been
concluded by the INEC is a work of God and we all owe it to Him, the
beneficient, the merciful.

We also owe it to the people of Bauchi who have also stood
very firm on the threshold of freedom and liberty; who have realised that they
are the icons of democracy.

“Definitley words will not express my appreciation to the
people of Bauchi who have accepted to unseat an incumbent governor, not because
they hate him; not because they don’t like him; but because of the spirit of
democracy, because of the liberty of choice; because of expectations not met;
not because he is not our son.

“We want to appreciate the people of Bauchi and to call on
them that this auspicious achievement deserves to be celebrated.

He urged his supporters and other well meaning citizens of
Bauchi to go about celebrating the new found victory “with peace and gratitude
to God almighty.”

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“There shouldn’t be any destruction of property or letting
of blood. We must take care that we are the sons and daughters of Bauchi and we
are here to usher in the peace and tranquility, harmony and good relationship
between each other.

“We do not hold any acrimony or hatred against anybody; even
those who did not vote for us should be free to join us in this celebration.

“For those who are doubting Thomases, we assure you that we
will bring good governance that has never been seen in Bauchi before. As you
can see the assemblage of the group that makes up our team; they are the best
eleven of Bauchi state, made of distinguished senators, technocrats and civil
servants, former secretaries to the government and in fact people who have
achieved a lot in their various endeavours. We intend to have a unity administration.”

In Plateau state, Governor Simon Lalong of the All
Progressives Congress won the Plateau State governorship election, following
the supplementary poll.

Lalong was declared the winner by the Returning Officer in
the state , Prof. Richard Kimbir , after scoring 595, 582 votes to defeat 23
other candidates, including the Peoples Democratic Party standard- bearer,
Jeremiah Useni , who garnered 546 ,813.

Kimbir stated that a total of 1, 159, 954 valid votes were
recorded while 16, 188 were rejected, saying 1 ,176 ,142 was the total number
of votes cast.

The results for the nine LGAs that took part in the
supplementary poll, including Barkin Ladi , Bassa , Bokkos , Jos North, Kanam ,
Langtang South , Mangu, Pankshin and Shendam , showed that Lalong scored 12,327
new votes, while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Jeremiah
Useni, earned 8 ,487 . There was no cancellation of results recorded.

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