APC’s Uba Sani, PDP’s Fubara Win Kaduna, Rivers Guber Polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Senator Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Similanayi Fubara, as winners of the Kaduna and Rivers States governorship elections held on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

Declaring the result in Kaduna State, the Returning Officer for the gubernatorial poll, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbis, said the total number of registered voters stood at 4,335,208; accredited voters – 1,581,662; and valid votes cast – 1,546,747.

Similarly, he said a total of 1,565,861 votes were cast in the election while 19,114 votes were declared invalid due to a number of reasons ranging from overvoting to disruption of the electoral process in some areas.

According to Professor Bilbis, Sani polled a total of 730,002 votes, while Hon Mohammed Isa Ashiru of the PDP scored a total of 719,196 votes to place second in the race.

Consequently, he declared that; “Senator Uba Sani having scored the highest number of valid votes and met the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

However, there was mild drama at the Collation Centre as the PDP agent, Danjuma Sarki, refused to sign the result after making submissions to oppose and reject the figures presented by the Returning officer before the declaration of the final results.

Wike’s Man, Fubara Emerges Governor-elect
In Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer and Governor Nyesom Wike’s protege, Similanayi Fubara, won by a landslide to emerge the governor-elect

Announcing the result in Port Harcourt on Monday night, the Returning Officer, Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, said Fubara polled a massive 302,614 votes with the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Tonye Cole, coming a distant second with just 95,274 votes.

The SDP governorship candidate, Senator Magnus Abe, and Labour Party (LP)’s, Beatrice Itubo came a distant third and fourth with 46,981 and 22,224 votes respectively.

Prof Rim-Rukeh said a total of 496,852 were accredited for the March 18 governorship election out of the 3,537,190 registered voters in the State, adding that of the 494,604 total votes cast, 483,934 were valid while 10, 670 were rejected votes

The PDP candidate won in all 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

According to reports, the results, as announced by Prof Rim-Rukeh, were promptly rejected by party agents at the State Collation Centre, except the PDP, insisting that the figures were allegedly allocated to the candidates by INEC in collusion with the officials of Governor Wike-led administration in the State

Meanwhile, it is jubilation galore at the Rivers State Government House following the victory of Fubara anointed by Governor Wike to take over the State leadership when his tenure expires on May 29, 2023, after eight years of stewardship.

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