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Orker Jev floors Akume as Odebiyi wins senatorial seat in Ogun


Emmanuel Orker Jev

Representative of Buruku Federal Constituency, Emmanuel Orker Jev, has defeated Senator George Akume in a keenly contested race for the Benue North West Senatorial seat. Jev, a member of the People Democratic Party (PDP) polled 157,726 votes to defeat Akume of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who secured 115,422 votes.

Returning Officer for the election, Professor Nicodemus Ochani, declared Jev winner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s headquarters in Makurdi.

Reacting to Jev’s victory, Governor Samuel Ortom, stated that he had said it he would retire Akume from politics in the state. Ortom, who spoke to journalists at Government House, Makurdi, pointed out that everything he said politically concerning Akume would come to pass.

“People who played God should know that their end would be disastrous. I have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and I know that anyone that mocks God and me and wants to share the glory of God can never survive. “God is real, God is heaven and earth. Psalm 24 said, the earth belongs to God and all its fullness thereof.

“So when people begin to play God, they are taking the position of God, their end would be disastrous because you cannot share the glory of God,” Ortom stated.Speaking on his chances of winning the governorship election, Ortom stated that he was sure of victory, adding: “There is no huddle over my election anymore in the state.”

Meanwhile, Tolu Odebiyi, a former Chief of Staff (COS) to Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has won the Ogun East Senatorial seat. Although, Amosun, an APC governor directed all his loyalists and political associates to defect from the APC to Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Odebiyi decided to remain in APC.

Returning Officer, Professor Taofeek Shittu, who declared the results at Ilaro yesterday said Odebiyi polled 58,452 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Leye Odunjo, his closest rival, polled 48,611 votes.

APM’s candidate, Olusegun Gbeleyi came third in the contest.INEC) had declared Amosun, who contested on APC platform winner of the Ogun Central Senatorial poll. Odebiyi in a statement yesterday said: “I have dedicated my victory to all those who have endured indignities, but remained principled on behalf of the people of Ogun West.”He expressed gratitude to the people of the area for the opportunity extended to him to serve.“I will continue to stand with you shoulder to shoulder raise the flag of progress and prosperity for the people of Ogun West higher,” he added.

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