Saturday, 30 April 2011

Inec extends Ohakim Rochas battle

Governor Ikedi Ohakim and
Chief Rochas Okorocha, and
other gladiators in the Imo
State governorship race are
returning to the battle field
on Friday, May 6, in four local
government areas and one
ward to determine the
The commission, yesterday,
ruled Tuesday ’s election in
the state inconclusive, and
made supplementary polls in
Ngor-Okpala, Mbaitoli, Oguta
and Egbema local
government councils, and
Orji ward in Owerri North.
Rocha and Ohakims’ battle
The decision was the
outcome of an emergency
meeting at the INEC National
Headquarters to review the
situation which had thrown
the state into tension since
Results of governor elections
held in other states on the
same day have been
INEC in a statement at the
end of yesterday ’s meeting
“urges all stakeholders to
ensure the highest level of
integrity and good conduct
in the supplementary
election to allow for smooth
conclusion of the
governorship poll ”.
Chief Rochas of APGA was
leading the pace with about
20,000 as at Wednesday
based on results from other
parts of the state.
The APGA and Ohakim’s PDP
have been trading
accusations over the
Yakowa, Yuguda win
The Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP has won the
gubernatorial elections in
Kaduna and Bauchi States
bringing its haul of
governors in the April
general elections to 18.
The incumbent PDP Governor
in Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick
Yakowa got a narrow
victory in the rescheduled
gubernatorial election
conducted on Thursday with
a total vote of 1,339,487
beating his Congress for
Progressive Change, CPC
challenger Alhaji Haruna
Sa ’eed Kajuru who got
1,114,987 in the polls that
largely went along ethnic
In Bauchi State with only one
local government yet to
return its votes, the PDP
gubernatorial candidate
Governor, Alhaji Isa Yuguda
was in a comfortable lead
with 662,258 votes. His
closest challenger was the
CPC ’s Yusuf Tugar who, at
press time, had scored
195,567 votes.
The Action Congress of
Nigeria, ACN candidate
Senator Baba Tela was third
with 146,138 votes while
Senator Nazif Gamawa, the
All Nigeria Peoples Party,
ANPP candidate had scored
93,731 votes from the results
so far declared.
The official declaration of the
results of the Kaduna
election was yet to be done
at press time. Saturday
Vanguard learnt the
declaration would be done
during the curfew hours in
the state capital which has
been the scene of sectarian
There was some drama in
some sections of the state
yesterday during the
collation of the votes from
the local government areas
when the CPC gubernatorial
candidate Kajuru
momentarily took the lead
following the return of
115,070 votes from Zaria in
his favour as against the
24,140 votes scored by
Excited supporters of Kajuru
had taken to the streets in
the major cities especially in
the northern sections of the
country celebrating the
victory of their candidate.
However, their celebration
was short lived as Kachia
Local Government area
shortly after returned
105,600 votes in favour of
the PDP as against the
13,079 returned for the CPC.
The PDP won in 12 local
government areas while the
CPC won in 11 local
government areas. Yakowa, a
Christian won most of his
votes from the Southern
section of the state while
Kajuru, an Hausa Fulani
Muslim won in the largely
Muslim populated northern
section of the state.
In the contest in Bauchi
Yuguda had taken a
commanding lead as at press
time over his rivals. Tuggar,
the candidate of CPC and
Nazif the ANPP candidate
were humbled in their home,
Gamawa Local Government
area by Yuguda who dusted
them polling 41,737 to the
16,684 scored by Tuggar
and the 13,393 scored by
Senator Tela, the ACN
candidate equally lost at
home in Katagum LGA polling
only 18,900 to the 30,589
votes scored by Yuguda. The
CPC also got 22, 229.

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