- Osinbajo fails in his polling unit
- Former vice president makes up in Saraki, Dogara’s
By Our Correspondents
Indications of a projected tight race began to emerge last night after President Muhmadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost to his main opponent, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the overall results of the polling units inside the presidential villa. Buhari trailed with a total of 1,013 votes against Atiku’s 1,030 votes.
In the same vein, the PDP defeated the APC in the overall senatorial election results, with a total of 1,081 votes against 1,008 scored by the APC in the two polling units. The opposition PDP also defeated the APC in the House of Representatives election with 1,046 votes to APC’s 995 votes.
But in his native Katsina State, the president scored the highest number of votes cast at his Polling Unit 003, Sarkin Yara, Daura, with a combined 523 votes, while Atiku recorded five votes.
Buhari’s Polling Unit is split into two – A and B. He scored 302 votes at the A section of the Polling Unit, where Atiku recoded two votes. Four votes were however recorded for the Accord Party, even though it had adopted Buhari as its presidential candidate. At the B segment of the Polling Unit, Buhari went ahead with 222 votes against Atiku’s three votes.
The result at Polling Unit 003 A was announced by the Presiding Officer, Mr. Ali Abdullahi, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), while Mr. Yusuf Armah presided over segment B of the Polling Unit.
Buhari also defeated the former vice president at his Ajiya 012 polling unit, in Adamawa State, with 186 votes to Atiku’s PDP 167 votes.
Continuing his fragile winning streak, Buhari defeated Atiku at the polling unit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in Ogun State, where the president got 87 votes, and the PDP candidate polled 18 votes.
But what the president gained at his unit, he lost at the senatorial contest to a relatively unknown Accord Party. The APC candidate in Katsina North senatorial district, incumbent Senator Kaita Baba-Ahmad, polled 248, losing at Buhari’s polling unit PU003 to the least expected candidate of Accord Party, Lawal Nalado, who scored 263 votes. The PDP candidate, Usman Mani, scored two votes.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo however, failed to win his polling unit as he was roundly beaten by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Abubakar Atiku who won the election for all positions at the polling unit of the vice president. The PDP won in the two voting points of the Polling Unit 033. For the presidential election, the PDP polled 425 votes while the APC had 229. For the senatorial election, the PDP had 414 votes while the APC had 261. For the House of Representatives election, the PDP had 268 while the APC had 190 votes.
Atiku had been making up for his losses with wins at the polling units of other prominent party men, including Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara. At the two polling units of the Senate President, Ode-Opobiyi Ajikobi 005/006, in Ilorin, Saraki delivered Atiku with 219 votes to APC’s 68 in the first, while scoring 234 to APC’s 152 in the second unit. Also at Unit 005, PDP scored 269 at the senatorial contest while the APC polled 59; at the House of Representatives level, PDP scored 255 votes and APC got 53.
At Unit 006, PDP polled 280 for the senatorial election and APC 120, while in the House of Representatives contest, PDP scored 269 votes and APC polled 130 votes.
At Dogara’s Central Primary School PU 007A, Gwarangah, Bauchi State, the PDP scored 285 votes to APC’s 15, while 19 invalid votes were recorded.
However, at Atiku’s Ajiya 012 unit, APC also scored 187 votes to PDP’s 120 in the senatorial contest, while the House of Representatives poll saw the APC parting with 145 votes, PDP getting 121, and African Democratic Congress (ADC) scoring 63 votes.
Buhari Rejected in Aso Rock
At the two polling units in the Presidential Villa, Atiku defeated Buhari in polling unit 022 with 525 votes to the president’s 465, while Buhari defeated him in polling unit 021 with 548 to 505 votes, thus bringing the total votes for Atiku to 1,030 while Buhari’s total votes stood at 1,013, with 17 votes difference.
The total votes scored by the PDP at the senatorial election at unit 021 was 535 as against APC’s 531, with only four votes difference. At polling unit 022, PDP scored 546 votes to defeat APC, which scored 477 votes, thus bringing the total PDP senatorial votes to 1,081 as against APC’s 1008, with 73 votes difference.
In the House of Representatives’ election, whereas APC polled 531 votes as against PDP’s 525 at polling unit 021, the opposition party polled 521 votes to defeat APC with 466 votes at unit 022, thus bringing the total PDP votes in the House of Representatives election to 1,046 as against APC’s 995 votes, with 51 votes difference.
Amosun, Kashamu Deliver Units
In Ogun State, the governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Buruji Kashamu, also delivered his ward for Atiku.
At polling unit 026, Okesopen, Ijebu-Igbo, the PDP presidential candidate polled 138 votes to defeat the APC presidential candidate, who scored 110 votes. Also, at the Ogun East senatorial contest, the PDP candidate, Ayoola Sosanwo, defeated Senator Lekan Mustapha, the APC candidate. Sosanwo scored 160, while Mustapha polled 108.
The APC governorship candidate in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, failed to deliver his polling unit for Buhari, as Atiku won. At his ward 03, polling unit 2, Ita-Osanyin, Iperu 1, Ikenne Local Government Area, Atiku scored 124 votes while Buhari, polled 118.
But Governor Ibikunle Amosun delivered his ward 6, polling unit 8, Ita-gbangba, Itoko, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, for the APC. Buhari won by 50 votes to defeat Atiku, who polled 20 votes.
At the Ogun Central senatorial contest, Amosun won by 55 votes to beat the ADC candidate, Rt Hon Titi Oseni-Gomez, who scored 17 votes.
Udom, Akpabio Deliver Polling Units
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel delivered his Ward Awa 1, Unit 1, Onna Local Government Area, to Atiku. Also, the former senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, secured his unit, Ukana West 2, Unit 9, Essien Udim Local Government Area for Buhari. Buhari scored a total of 1, 553 votes to win in the ward, while the PDP presidential candidate had 11 votes.
In the senatorial election result also, Akpabio won with 1, 533 votes, while the PDP senatorial candidate, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Christ Ekpenyong, got four votes.
Speaking after the declaration of the result, Akpabio commended INEC for conducting a peaceful election in the state. He blamed the PDP for rigging and using thugs to perpetrate illegality.
The senator said, “When I was a governor I gave respect to the people. I did not use thugs. I am a lawmaker and will never allow myself in anything that will disrupt Buhari’s administration. I am pleading that election should not be war as we are peaceful in this unit.”
El-Rufai Wins Polling Unit, Shehu Sani Loses
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, delivered his polling unit in the presidential election in state, trashing the PDP with 371 votes to 44 votes. But Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, who defected from the APC to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to seek re-election, was defeated in his polling unit at Anguwan Sarki.
Sani who was elected on the platform of the APC in 2015, defected to PRP to seek re-election after he was denied the APC ticket. In the presidential election at his unit, the APC polled 292 votes while PDP got 23 votes.
In the senatorial election, Sani polled 51 votes while his opponent, Uba Sani of the APC, scored 236 votes.
Atiku Clears Votes in Ekweremadu’s Unit
Deputy Senate President and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Enugu West senatorial zone , Ike Ekweremadu has won all the votes cast at his Amachalla Primary School Mpu, in Aninri council of Enugu state.
Ekweremadu also delivered 100% of the votes cast for the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the House of Representatives with the All Progressives Congress, APC scoring no votes.
Out of the 499 valid votes cast, the PDP scored 468 votes for Presidency, 490 for Senate and 492 for House of Reps. Other parties scored zero.
The electorates had turned out at the Amachalli polling zone as early as 7:30 am to caste their votes and waited till it was around 9 am due to card reader related challenges.
Speaking to newsmen after he cast his vote, the deputy Senate president who hopes to return to the senate for a record five times expressed satisfaction with the security situation.
He however regretted that voting was yet to start in some polling units even though the electorates were on ground, citing incomplete ballot papers and lack of network for voter accreditation as some of the challenges.