APC wins Lagos, Imo, Plateau senatorial seats, PDP clinches C’Rivers, Bayelsa
The candidate of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday displaced candidates of other parties and won the 15 bye-elections held on Saturday in their stronghold states.
In Lagos, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Tokunbo Abiru won the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer for the bye-election, Prof. Ademola Oremosu, on Sunday announced that Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes to defeat his closest rival, Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples Democratic Party, who got 11,257 votes to emerge second among candidates from 12 political parties.
Abiru won in all the five Local Government Areas in the Senatorial District.
Similarly, in Katsina State, the returning officer for the Bakori Local Government State Constituency bye-election, Prof. Aminu Kankia, declared Dr. Ibrahim Kurami of the APC, winner of the election.
According to him, Kurami scored 20,446 votes to defeat his close rival, Alhaji Aminu Magaji of the PDP who polled 11,356 votes.
Likewise, the candidate of the APC in the Dass constituency bye-election in Bauchi State, Bala Lukshi, was declared the winner.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Ahmed Muhammed, said Lukshi polled a total of 12,299 votes to defeat Lawal Wandi, candidate of the PDP, who polled 11,062 votes.
He said, “The candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Bala Lukshi having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.
Also, in Plateau State, the candidate of the APC, Prof. Nora Daduut, was declared the winner for Plateau South Senatorial bye-election.
The Returning Officer, Prof Idris Amali said Daduut polled a total of 83,15104 to defeat the other nine candidates including her closest rival and the PDP candidate, George Daika, who got 70,838 votes.
Additionally INEC on Saturday declared Mr Egbunu Atule of the APC as the winner of the Ibaji Local Government Constituency bye-election of Kogi State.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, at Onyadega, headquarters of the local government said Atule polled 8,515 votes to emerge the winner.
Ajayi also announced that Mr Daniel Enefola of the Peoples Democratic Party came second having scored 4,565 votes.
Meanwhile the candidate of the PDP, Dr Stephen Odey was declared winner of the Cross River Northern Senatorial District bye- election by the Returning Officer, Prof. Ameh Dennis Akoh.
He scored a total of 129,207 votes to defeat Joe Agi of the APC, who scored 19,165 votes.
The PDP candidate, Maria Akwaji, also won the Obudu State Constituency seat in the House of Assembly.
Likewise, INEC on Sunday declared the candidate of the PDP, Mrs Amaka Ugwueze, winner of the Isi-Uzo State Constituency bye-election in Enugu State.
INEC collation Officer, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwachuukwu, said the PDP candidate polled a total of 11,047 votes to defeat the APC candidate Ejiofor Okwor, who scored 2,293 votes.
Also in Bayelsa State, the PDP won the bye-elections in Bayelsa Central and West Senatorial Districts to retain the seats vacated by Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.
In Bayelsa Central, the PDP polled 20,922 votes in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, 54,390 in Yenegoa LGA and 44,704 votes in Southern Ijaw LGA, while the APC scored 4,980 votes, 6,155, and 7,812 votes respectively.
The INEC Returning Officer for Bayelsa Central, Dr Emmanuel Akpan declared the candidate of the PDP, Moses Cleopas, winner for the district.
In Bayelsa West, the PDP polled a total of 115,257 votes in Ekeremor LGA and 68,156 in Sagbama, while the APC scored 17,541 votes and 7,303 votes respectively.
Also, the flag bearer of the PDP in Bayelsa West, Seriake Dickson, was also declared winner for the district.