Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State went all out on Thursday, going down on his knees to canvass support for Governor Yahaya Bello’s re-election bid.
El-Rufai who is also the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Campaign in Kogi State made the gesture at a mega rally held for the governor in the state capital Lokoja.
“Many people say Yahaya Bello is young and that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I am asking all of you to forgive him. He is young, he is supposed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes, but you are supposed to learn from him. On his behalf, I am kneeling down to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you,” the governor said.
Beyond seeking forgiveness for whatever mistakes the governor had made, Governor El-Rufai praised him for his performance and took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party, urging the people to “bury PDP once and for all”.
He claimed that although the PDP had ruled the state for a long time, they “have done nothing” in the state.
“In the past four years, the progress recorded by the APC government under Governor Yahaya Bello is more than what the PDP has tried to do in 13 years,” he said.
Whatever might have happened in the first tenure of Governor Bello, El-Rufai appealed to the people to know that he cares about the people of Kogi State.
Singing Bello’s praises, El-Rufai said, “He cares about this state, he has brought progress to this state, he has brought young people into government, he has brought women into government. He has brought physical progress; he has cleared salary arrears that he inherited from previous governments.
“You must all come out and support him. I beg you all.”
Among those who canvassed support for the Kogi governor at the rally ahead of Saturday’s election were the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; and the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.
Away from the court ruling on Busola Dakolo and Fatoyinbo case.
Here is Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna, ‘kneeling down’ to beg people of Kogi state to forgive Governor Yahaya Bello and re-elect him. pic.twitter.com/IVGp6U5L3V
— ngozi clara (@ngoziclara) November 14, 2019
Ihedioha Returns To Supreme Court
Former Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has vowed to return to the Supreme Court to prove that Senator Hope Uzodinma was never candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last gubernatorial election.
It would be recalled that the apex court had ruled and affirmed Hope Uzodinma who came fourth in the March election on January 14th.
Ihedioha will be approaching the Apex Court based on the following grounds to prove that there was miscarriage of Justice in its ruling.
1. Uzodinma was not an APC candidate and was not a candidate of any party in the 9th March Governorship election in Imo State based on the judgement of the same Supreme Court on 20th December 2019.
2. The former deputy speaker also avowed that Uche Nwosu was declared as the rightful candidate of APC and AA and was disqualified for double candidature.
3. That APC couldn’t have produced 2 candidates in one election.
4. That the Supreme Court have no powers to allocate votes to any candidate.
5. That Supreme Court have no power to increase the number of people accredited by INEC.
6. That somebody that was not a candidate cannot be winner of an election he was not a candidate.
7. That Nigerian Police have no powers to organize elections in Nigeria.
8. That results tendered by a police officer cannot be admitted in any court as exhibit as he was not INEC officer.
Based on the above facts that are still subsisting, Ihedioha and PDP have applied for review of the apex court ruling.
Akwa Ibom Re-Run: Again, Ekpenyong Defeats Akpabio
Senator Christopher Ekpenyong, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has again defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the January 25, 2020 re-run election for Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial district held in Essien Udim local government Council.
Senator Ekpenyong of the PDP polled a total of 134, 717 votes, while Akpabio scored a total of 83, 820 votes.
INEC Returning Officers, Professor Idara Okon Akpabio announced the House of Representatives result, Professor Robert Dode announced the result for Senate election Re-run while Prof Victor Ebong announced the State Assembly result
However, the scores indicates that senator Akpabio who is currently the minister of Niger Delta Affairs won Ekpenyong only in his own ward, Ukana West ward2 with a total of 762 votes while Ekpenyong scored a total of 620 votes.
And for the House of Representatives seat ,Nsikak Ekong of the PDP won with a total of 45, 366 votes while Emman Akpan of APC scored a total of 22 ,759.
Similarly for the State Assembly Re-run poll, Esse Umoh of the PDP won with a total of 18, 999 polls while Nse Ntuen of the APC scored 7,108.
Ekpenyong while reacting to the outcome of the Re-run while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after being declared winner of the Rerun election by the Independent National Electoral Commission Returning officer described his victory as an ‘Act of God’
“I thank God the giver of victory for seeing me through the entire political debacle since September, 2018. My victory has put agents of darkness to shame.”
The successful candidates are just waiting the formal declaration of the results by the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
APC Wins Reps Seat In Ogun
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr Kolapo Osunsanya, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the election for Ijebu-Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North-East Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Charles Onwuka, of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), announced the results on Saturday at Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode, collation centre of the constituency.
Onwuka said that the APC candidate polled a total vote of 25,959 to defeat his closest rival, Mr Taiwo Shote of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 21,911 votes.