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BREAKING: Gov. Bello Wins APC Gubernatorial Primary By Wide Margin |The Republican News

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello

Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja

Governor Yahaya Bello has won the APC governorship primary which took place at the Confluence stadium, Lokoja, on Thursday, August 29.

Bello won a total of 3,224 of the 3,500 cast to defeat his closest rival Babatunde Irukera, who garnered a distant 109 votes.

The results are as follows:

(1) Sani Lulu: 7
(2) Yahaya Audu: 10
(3) Bashir Gegu: 3
(4) Iyoma Hadiza: 0
(5) Yakuba Muhammed: 0
(6) Engr. Dalami Muhammed: 0
(7) Hassan Baiwa: 44
(8) Tunde Irukera: 109
(9) Blessing Ekele: 0

Announcing the result, the governor of Jigawa State, Baderu Abubakar, who led other electoral committee members, including Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, urged the losing candidates to accept the results in good faith and work for the overall success of the party at the general election

Governor Bello, in his victory speech, thanked God for the victory and promised to do more if elected at the general election.

A candidate, Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa, had prior to the commencement of voting staged a walkout from the venue of the primary, alleging that the whole process had been compromised.

Another candidate, Babatunde Irukera, expressed his displeasure over the exercise, complaining that it fell short of acceptable norms.

Baiwa, who represents Dekina /Bassa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he had to walk out of the venue due to what he observed to be open and widespread cheating by delegates at the venue.

Baiwa said that he was taken aback when nearly all delegates claimed to be illiterate, leading to officials issuing them customised ballot papers with Governor Bello’s name pre-selected.

He said that all efforts to complain to officials fell on deaf ears, while security officials present chased him away.

On his next line of action, Baiwa said he had started consultations with his supporters and would communicate his decisions in due course. (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Dayo Adeyeye Decamps From PDP To APC, Vows To Help Fayemi Win |RN

By Agency Report

Adeyeye

 

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, an aspirant for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, has defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress.

Adeyeye, a former spokesperson of the PDP, announced his defection and those of his supporters to the APC on Tuesday.

Adeyeye, who was former Minister of State for Works during the PDP regime of former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, lost the primaries of the party to the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.

He accused Governor Ayo Fayose of having given undue advantage to Olusola-Eleka.

Adeyeye’s defection is coming despite his promise before the primaries to support whoever emerges as the candidate.

The promise was made to the reconciliatory team sent by the party and headed by former President of the Senate, Dr David Mark, to ensure harmony.

Fayose also said he had called Adeyeye twice after the primaries but was insulted by the former spokesman of the PDP.

One of the aspirants for the primaries, Senator Biodun Olujimi, had also pleaded with Adeyeye not to leave the party.

Olujimi, who stepped down for Adeyeye during the primaries, said this was the time for the PDP to bond together and give the APC a good fight.

Adeyeye said he left to support the candidate of the APC, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the bid to rescue Ekiti State from the maladministration of Fayose.  (New Telegraph)

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