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Re-Run Elections: PDP Good In Kogi, APC Holds Imo

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Posted: Jul 24, 2016 at 4:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Julius Atabor & Anolu Vincent

Kogi & Owerri – Early signs that the two leading parties in Nigeria split the two states where re-run elections took place yesterday, just as final results were being expected. Reports have it that opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had it good in Kogi State while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) retained its hold on Imo.

According to unofficial results, the rerun election for House of Assembly Idah state constituency, the candidate of the APC Hon Haruna Idoko may have defeated his close rival Hon. Ukwubile Ochijienu of the PDP. Haruna is likely to win with 187 votes to 25 for Ukwubile. Before the cancellation of the only polling unit, Ukwubile was already leading by 84 votes. However, PDP may have run away with victory in the senatorial contest in Kogi where the APC had no candidate.

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Kogi, Samuel Madaki Usman, however, said the result of the Eastern senatorial elections and that of the Ofu State Constituencies were still being awaited when Independent called. From the feelers Air Marshal Alfa of the PDP is likely going to be the next senator for the East when the results are declared while PDP is sure to clinch Ofu state constituency as APC, had no candidate in the election.

The Imo rerun was like the APC show, as feelers have it that the ruling party look good at clearing the seats at stake. Former Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who spoke to journalists in his Okohia country home on Saturday, alleged that some persons were compromised.

Ohakim, a PDP chieftain, alleged that the compromising process in some parts of Imo North was to favour their preferred candidates.

“Information available to me revealed that some people who claimed to be owners of Okigwe zone are busy manipulating the re-run election resulting without recourse to the implication of their actions.

“We are people of Imo North and we are to decide who will represent us, if anybody believes that he is the owner of Imo North and decide to subvert the process, he is trying.

“We will now know how the winner that engages through such corrupt way will lead us,’’ he said.

Ohakim said he was optimistic that PDP candidate would emerge victorious if the exercise was free and fair.

Counting of ballot were ongoing till late evening yesterday in the various collation centres where elections took place in Imo and Kogi states, as supporters of the two leading parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wait anxiously for the results.

The re-run election for Imo North (Okigwe Senatorial District) and three local government areas in the Imo State – Isiala Mbano, Owerri West and Oru East – took place Saturday July 23 in the various wards and polling stations with heavy presence of security personnel and voters’ apathy.

The situation is the same in Kogi East Senatorial District, where the senatorial seat at the National Assembly and two House of Assembly seats are at stake. The state constituency seats in contest are for Ofu and Idah, both in Kogi East. Although, electoral officers and enthusiastic electorate arrived the various voting centres as early as 7:30am to exercise their franchise, materials for the conduct of the exercise arrived behind schedule in most of the voting centres in Irette, Orogwe, Avu, Okuku, Umuguma, Obinze and Ihiagwa all in the Owerri West LGA. In the Oru East LGA, the picture was the same at Omuma, Okata and Awomama, while in the Isiala Mbano Council Area, heavy rain threatened the exercise at Amaraku, Ugiri, Obollo and Umuelemai.

At the Community Secondary School Amaraku, (booth 003) and the Central School Amaraku in the Isiala Mbano Council Area, eligible voters were seen in queues waiting patiently to exercise their franchise.

The re-run elections organised in Imo North Senatorial District on Saturday were partially disrupted by heavy rainfall. The exercise had barely lasted for less than three hours in some areas before the heavy downpour thereby discouraging prospective voters to participate in the electorate process.

Ohakim said he had already cast his vote before the commencement of the rain, adding that the heavy rainfall might seriously affect the turnout of voters.

Polling in Saturday’s legislative re-run election in Kogi began at about 8.05 a.m. in parts of the areas of the state involved in the exercise.

Electoral officers and materials for the election arrived at the polling units in time, prompting simultaneous accreditation and voting to commence as early as 8.05 a.m.