APC WINS KWARA AND KATSINA BYE ELECTIONS

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Raheem Olawuyi, was on Saturday, November 17, 2018 declared the winner of the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency bye-election held across the four local councils in Kwara state.

Aside Kwara, the APC also won the bye-election in Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa federal constituency of Katsina State.

The result in Kwara was declared by the returning Officer for the election, Abimbola Adesoji. While declaring the result at the Irepodun Local Government Secretariat in Omu-Aran, Adesoji said Olawuyi polled 21, 236 to emerge winner.

He defeated his closest rival, Saheed Damilare, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 18,095 votes.

Abimbola, a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said Olawuyi having scored the highest number of votes in the election was declared winner.

Other contestants in the election were Femi Ona-Ara of Labour Party, Ajadi Olayemi of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) as well as Olaniyan Ayorinde of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

According to Abimbola the total number of registered voters is 168, 707, accredited voters was 41,185, the total valid votes was 39,599, total number of rejected votes was 1, 331 and total number of votes cast was 40,930.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some cancellations arising from snatching of ballot boxes and over voting were reportedly experienced in three polling units in Irepodun Local Government Area.

The affected units as listed by the presiding officer in charge of the council included Registration Area (RA) 02 of Esie-Ijan Ward where two ballot boxes were reportedly snatched and 955 number of registered voters lost.

Other areas were Oro Ward 1 RA 02, Polling Unit 01 where a case of ballot snatching was recorded and a total of 297 registered voters were affected and over voting in Oro Ward 2 RA 10 Polling Unit 01 with 474 registered votes lost.

Election cancellation was also recorded in Ile Apaasin RA 04 Polling Unit in Isin Local Government where only 59 voters were accredited but turned in 377 votes.

Some Independent National Electoral Officers were confirmed to have been attacked and had wounds in the process.

NAN reports that the declaration of the results was witnessed by notable officials that included the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowora, the Resident Electoral Commissioner from Kwara, Garuba Madami, as well as his Imo and Lagos counterparts, Emeka Nzeonu and Sam Olumeko, respectively.

In Katsina, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Abubakar Kusada of the APC winner of the bye-election into the House of Representatives.

The election was conducted in the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa Federal constituency in Katsina state on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kusada was the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly before his election.

Adedayo Hamza, the returning officer who announced the result on Saturday in Kankiya said Kusada scored 48,518 votes to emerge winner.

Abdussamad Yusuf of PDP came second with 20,193 votes, while Nasiru Kankiya of the Peoples Redemption Party scored 1,810 votes as second runner-up.

Abdullahi Umar of the Yes Electorate Solidarity (YES) got 221 votes.

According to Hamza, the total number of registered voters in the constituency is 193,904, while the number of accredited voters was 74,242.

The number of valid votes cast was 70,742 and rejected votes 2,331.The total number of votes cast was 73,073.

Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner, advised political parties to intensify voter education and management of polling units.

He commended the political parties, security agencies, journalists and other stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of the bye election.

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