Five Outgoing Governors Who Lost Senatorial Bid
The National Assembly has been described as a ‘retirement home’ for ex-governors who ride on the power of incumbency to win elections into the red and green legislative chambers.
At least five outgoing governors failed in their attempts to cross over to Nigeria’s Senate after their two-term tenure of eight years each.
The outgoing governors lost the February 25 National Assembly elections in their respective senatorial districts.
Since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 after years of military rule, the National Assembly which includes the Senate and the House of Representatives has been described as a ‘retirement home’ for former governors who ride on the power of incumbency to win elections into the red and green legislative chambers.
About 20 former governors were elected into the Ninth National Assembly in 2019. Former governors presently in the National Assembly include Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Kabiru Gaya (Kano), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu), Orji Kalu (Abia), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), and Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), amongst others.
Notably, all of them are in the race to return to the red chamber.
Already, Governors David Umahi (Ebonyi), Abubakar Bello (Niger), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) won Saturday’s parliamentary election. The results of others like Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) are yet to be announced by the electoral body. Ex-governors who won senatorial seats so far include Adams Oshiomhole (Edo) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom).
Obi Defeats Tinubu, Atiku in FCT
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has won the election in the Federal Capital Territory.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, defeated the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Obi polled a total votes of 281,717 to win all the six area councils in the FCT.
Tinubu scored 90,902 and Atiku had a total of 74,199.
The PUNCH reported that Obi polled a total of 575,735 votes to win Lagos while Tinubu garnered a total of 573,001 votes.
Atiku Abubakar had a total of 75,750 votes while the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, had a total of 8,8442 votes.
Tinubu Triumphs In Benue With 310,468 Votes
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has been declared the winner of Saturday’s presidential election in Benue State.
Tinubu polled 310,468 to outpace Peter Obi of the Labour Party who scored 308,372 votes.
Also, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 130,081 votes to come a distant third, while Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party scored 4,740
The total number of registered voters was 2,772,977 and the accredited voters were put at 840,189.
The number of valid votes reached 770,075, while the rejected votes amounted to 27,687, with a total of 797,762 votes cast.
Atiku Wins Kaduna With 554,360 Votes
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged winner of Saturday’s presidential election in Kaduna State.
Atiku garnered 554,360 to beat the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who got 399,293 to come second while Labour Party’s Peter Obi polled 294,494 to claim third position.
But Obi won in seven Local Government Areas of Chikun, Kaura, Kajuru, Jaba, Kachia, Jema’a and Zango-Kataf while Tinubu won in troubled Birnin-Gwari as well as Sanga LGA where the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, hails from.
Atiku on his part won in 14 LGAs which include Giwa, Kauru, Lere, Ikara, Kagarko, Zaria, Sabon-Gari, Makarfi, Kaduna South, Kudan, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kubau and Soba.
The results are as follows:
1. Giwa Local Government Area, Kaduna
PDP – 22,302
LP – 565
Registered voters – 149,456
Valid votes – 46,435
Rejected Votes – 1,662
2. Kaura LGA(Kaduna)
APC – 1,847
LP – 25,744
PDP – 7,847
Valid votes – 36,222
Rejected Votes – 694
Total votes cast- 36,916
3. Kajuru LGA(Kaduna)
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