Kwara, Katsina speakers return as Yobe, Plateau speakers lose
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi-Salihu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of Ilesha-Gwanara State Constituency. He defeated his main rival, Usman Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Declaring the result at Gwanara Primary School collation centre, the Returning Officer (RO), Dr. Adewale Rafiu, said Danladi-Salihu got 14,949 votes while Abubakar polled 2,072.
In his acceptance speech, Danladi-Salihu lauded his constituents for their support, which culminated in his victory, assuring them that he would continue to prioritise their welfare. His counterpart in Katsina State, Tasiu Maigari, also won in Zango constituency.
While announcing the results in Zango, yesterday, the RO, Dr. Mustapha Sharif, said: “Tasiu Maigari of APC polled 19,784, while his closest rival, Manzo Madaka of PDP polled 10,499.
“Maigari, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”
BUT in Yobe State, the Speaker, Ahmed Mirwa, lost his Nguru II Constituency seat to Lawan Musa of opposition PDP.
Declaring the election results, yesterday, in Nguru town, the RO, Dr. Habib Muhammad, disclosed that 35-year-old Musa scored 6,648 votes to defeat Mirwa of APC with 6,466 votes.
According to Muhammad, candidates of African Democratic Congress (ADC), NNPP and APM scored 3,023 and 14 votes respectively. The Guardian learnt that Mirwa had been representing Nguru II constituency since May, 2003, when he was elected on the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
In the same vein, Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker, Yakubu Sanda, and the Majority Leader, Daniel Nanlong, both of APC, have lost their seats to PDP candidates. Sanda, who represents Pengana Constituency, was defeated by Mrs. Happiness Akawu, wife of the PDP candidate, Matthew Akawu that died after the party’s primaries.
The RO, Prof. Sati Chanle, who announced the result, said Akawu polled 9,926 to defeat Sanda who got 7,936 votes. According to result, Faisal Maitala of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) scored 6,721 votes to finish third.
“Mrs. Happiness Akawu, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes cast, is hereby declared winner of the election and returned elected,” he declared.
Meanwhile Nanlong, a two-term member representing Mikang Constituency, also lost his re-election bid to Moses Sule of PDP. According to result announced by the Mikang RO, Prof. Umaru Takum, Sule polled 12,880 to defeat the current occupant who polled 9,848.
Takum said: “Having fulfilled the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, Sule of PDP is hereby declared winner and is returned elected.” News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PDP won most of the 24 state constituencies so far declared by INEC. PDP is likely to be in the majority of the 10th Plateau Assembly.
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