Governorship polls: APC maintains lead!


*Wins in 13 out of 20 states declared by Independent National Electoral Commission so far

*As PDP trails behind, wins in 7 out of the 20 states already announced

*New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP managed to clinch one of the states

*While results in Abia, Enugu, Kebbi, Adamawa have been declared inconclusive

By Okechukwu Jombo

As the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC continues to announce the results of the governorship elections held in 28 out of the 36 states of the federation, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has won in 13 out of the 20 states so far announced by the electoral umpire.

A breakdown of the results shows that the ruling APC won convincingly in Benue, Niger, Ebonyi, Borno, Jigawa and Cross Rivers states.

Also won by the party are Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Kwara, Yobe, Gombe, Katsina and Sokoto states respectively.

On its part, the main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won in Delta, Plateau, Oyo, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Rivers states.

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP managed to clinch one state – Kano in a keenly contested election while a new entrant into Nigeria’s political arena, the Labour Party, LP is yet to win any state.

Among those who won are Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Also, five newcomers have won governorship elections in the country — Umo Eno in Akwa Ibom State, Umar Namadi in Jigawa State, Dikko Radda in Katsina State, Yusuf Kabir in Kano State and Ahmed Aliyu in Sokoto State.

Of the 13, nine of them belong to the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), three are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one is a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). The election in Kebbi was declared inconclusive by the electoral body.