The two major parties in the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remain unsettled as election results, mostly from the polling centres, trickle in, with each side claiming victory in the polls, relying on what they called reports received from their polling agents nationwide.
In the official results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP repeated its victory in last year’s governorship election in Ekiti State, with the ruling party winning the three senatorial seats and the six House of Representatives seats. President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP defeated Major General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in all the 16 local government areas of Ekiti.
Briefing newsmen at the INEC office, Ado Ekiti, yesterday, the Chief Returning Officer for the Presidential election for Ekiti State and Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology(FUTA), Akure, Prof. Biyi Daramola said, the president and other PDP candidates won in all the 16 local government areas of the state. According to Daramola, Jonathan scored a total of 176,474 votes to defeat his close opponent, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of APC, who polled 120,332 votes.
But not so in Ogun, where the PDP lost in two senatorial districts, claiming one senatorial seat, however. Buhari has been declared winner in 12 out of the 18 local governments in Ogun State at the time of filing this report. The local governments won by the APC candidate are Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Obafemi Owode, Ewekoro, Odeda and Ifo local governments Egbado North, Egbado South, Ado Odo Ota and Sagamu local governments. President Jonathan won in Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside local governments.
Meanwhile, Buruji Kashamu, the senatorial candidate of the PDP in Ogun East senatorial district was declared winner by INEC, unseating current senator of the district, Gbenga Kaka and the most favoured candidate of APC, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
Prof Babatunde Ikotun, the National Assembly returning officer in the area, announced that Kashamu polled 99,540 votes. Dapo Abiodun garnered 84,001 while Senator Kaka of Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 12,972. House of Representatives constituency of Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside was won by Adekoya Segun of PDP with 33,642 votes to defeat Biyi Ismail of APC who scored 24,709 and the incumbent representative, Abudu Balogun of SDP who polled 654 votes.
In Kogi, INEC announced APC: 264851, PDP: 149, 937, Total Votes Cast: 439,187, Valid Votes: 421, 328, Rejected Votes: 17,959. With results from various local government areas – Ogori/ Magongo: APC-2,321, PDP-1,934; Adavi: APC-22,659, PDP-7,767; Okehi: -APC- 17,801, PDP- 5,808; Idah: APC-10,445, PDP 6,113; Mopamuro: APC-3,881, PDP-2,793.
Others are Dekina: APC-18,189, PDP-13,835 Yagba West -APC-6,231, PDP-6,639; Igalamela: Odolu APC-6,075, PDP-7,285, Bassa-APC 7,412, PDP-9,964; Kabba/Bunu: APC 8737, PDP-9009; and Ibaji:APC 6076, PDP-13, 358, Koton-Karfe: APC-15,358. PDP-2,735, Olamaboro: APC-10,419. PDP-7,788, Ofu: APC-12,998. PDP-9,204.
The returning officer for the election, Dr Clement Ojukwu, having announced all the results declared Adekoya the winner. At the time of filing this report, collation was still ongoing in four LGAs at the INEC office in Abeokuta, as elsewhere in the country.
Some national newspapers, obviously tender to the APC were awash on Sunday with stories that the party is coasting to victory in the South West reporting purportedly that the likes of Governors Olusegun Mimiko, Senators Musiliu Obanikoro and Iyiola Omisore, Chief Bode George, the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje and Director of Media of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode lost in their polling booths .
Similarly, a private television station known to be owned by an APC chieftain reported Governors Babangida Aliyu and Usman Saidu Dakingari of Niger and Kebbi states as well as Senate President David Mark were also reported to have lost their senatorial bids. These reports were despite the warning from the INEC National Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, that any result not released by the INEC was unofficial, unauthorised and liable to criminal sanctions under the Electoral Act.
By way of paradox, however, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, warned against any attempt to tamper with the results of the elections that he said were “concluded” nationwide, even when voting was ongoing in many polling units and collation in many voting centres. Mohammed even added that “Nigerians have voted peacefully and massively and they know who they have voted for.”
But Fani-Kayode refused the unofficial reports about APC victory in many polling units throughout the country by observing that: “Needless to say these claims by the APC are not only false but they are also absurd and nauseating. Such mendacities are indicative of the fact that they have lost touch with reality as we have always suspected.
As a matter of fact, we are surprised that they didn’t claim that the President himself also lost in his polling unit and ward and that he in fact voted for Buhari rather than for himself. Such is their level of depravity and deceit that they will manufacture any lie and assert any falsehood just to gain an edge and feed their vain delusions.”
Having said that, Fani-Kayode then announced the kind of results that he would wish would circulate fast, forgetting that he had pledged that his party would wait for the INEC’s own version of polls results. “As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 percent while the APC is winning in 14 states and has 36 percent.
These results are subject to confirmation by the Independent National Electoral Commission. However, we are certain of what we are saying because we have information from our agents in every polling unit nationwide.
No one must test our will by attempting to change these results and the APC should desist from pushing this nation to the brink of fire, chaos and destruction with their dirty lies and propaganda.” Curiously, the 23 states were PDP is supposed to be leading according to Fani-Kayode included unlikely states like Lagos, Osun and Bauchi.
Naturally, the APC disputed those results enlisting Jega, who revealed that results were not yet collated in 23 states, as a witness. “Our attention has been drawn to the claim made by the spokesman of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, that the PDP is winning the presidential election in 23 states and has scored 64 per cent.
“Shortly after Mr. Fani-Kayode made his claim, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, was asked to comment on it. “Prof. Jega responded thus: ‘I don’t know the sources of such information (that the PDP is leading in 23 states).
The results have not been collated in 23 states. Fairly very few states have actually collated. In fact, only two states have been collated…. There is the need to be careful about the information being put there by people who are clearly partisa