Following the conduct of the 2023 Presidential/National Assembly election on Saturday, the results of different Senatorial elections are being collated of which some have been announced by Returning Officers. Reports have shown that some sitting governors who contested in the senatorial election lost out in the race. Those governors include:
1. Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State. According to a report by Punch Newspaper, Governor Darius Ishaku lost the election for the Taraba South senatorial district to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Jimkuta. The APC candidate polled 85,415 votes to defeat Governor Darius of the PDP who scored 45,708 votes.
2. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State. The Enugu State Governor who contested under the People’s Democratic Party for the Enugu North Senatorial District election lost to the Labour Party candidate, Okey Ezea.
The Labour Party candidate according to Vanguard Newspaper polled 104, 492 votes to defeat Governor Ugwuanyi, who scored 46, 948 votes.
3. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. Daily Trust reported that Governor Ortom lost his bid to represent the Benue North West senatorial district in the Senate to his former aide, Chief Titus Zam of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
4. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State. According to Punch Newspaper, Governor Ayade lost his bid to return to the Senate following his defeat by the incumbent senator representing Cross River North, Sen. Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe. The governor polled 56,595 votes, while the winner of the election got 76,145 votes.
5. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. Channels Television had reported earlier that the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong lost his bid to represent the Plateau South Senatorial District in the Senate. He lost the Senatorial election to the Peoples Democratic Party, Bali Ninkap Napoleon.
6. Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State. According to Punch Newspaper, Governor Bagudu lost in the Kebbi Central Senatorial District election to Senator Adamu Aliero of the Peoples Democratic Party. Aliero polled 126,588 votes to defeat the sitting governor of Kebbi and candidate of the APC, who secured 92,389 votes.
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