Governor Samuel Ortom has commended the Benue people across party lines for the peaceful conduct of the February 25, 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Governor gave this commendation in a statement through his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Terver Akase.
The Governor says despite the pre-election apprehensions, voters in the 23 local government areas of the state went out to exercise their civic responsibility and no major breach of peace has been recorded in any part of the state.
He commends the resilience of those who were able to vote during the elections despite the current economic situation in the country.
Governor Ortom particularly thanks the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state for its support and gives assurance that he will continue to provide leadership to unite the party and strengthen the family bond among members, ahead of the March 11 governorship and state assembly elections.
He expresses gratitude to those who voted for him during the Benue North West senatorial election and states that the massive show of love and support has encouraged him.
He however says though a number of violations of the Electoral Act were witnessed in the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, his team is assessing the situation and would make his position known soon.
The Governor urges the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding and as peaceful as they have been.
Governor Ortom calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission not to ignore the concerns of Nigerians, many of whom have questioned the credibility of the elections and take steps to save the country from crisis.
LABOUR PARTY WINS IN IMO
The Labour Party Presidential Candidate Peter Obi has been declared winner of the Saturday’s presidential election in Imo State sweeping 23 out of 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State.Advertisement
Declaring the results at INEC State Collation Centre in Owerri the Imo State capital, the State Presidential election collation officer and Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Charles Esimone announced that Labour Party Scored 352,904 in 23 Local Government areas followed by APC’s Bola Tinubu who scored 66,171 votes.
Although, some agents of political parties contested the figures emanating from Oru East, Oru West and Okigwe.
Another point of contest by the agents are in Njaba Local Government area where the the electoral officers did not turn in any result without any written documents.
OBI WINS IN DELTA STATE
The Independent National Electoral Commission has completed the collation of results from all 25 Local Government Areas of Delta state for the Saturday Presidential Election with Labour Party polling the highest votes of 341,866 and followed by the Peoples Democratic Party with a total of 161,600 and All Progressives Congress getting a total of 90,183 votes while the New Nigeria Peoples Party got 3,122 votes.
Announcing the total results scored by all the candidates of the 18 political parties, the State Collation Officer for the Presidential Election, Prof Owunari Georgewill says the same result will be presented at national collation centre, Abuja where the ultimate winner of the poll will be declared.
For the State Resident Electoral Commissioner he advises all stakeholders to take a retrospective look at the roles they played if they did well or not.
He says the commission has learnt some valuable lessons and it hopes to improve its performance when it conduct the governorship and state House of Assembly polls in less than 10 days time.
Presidential Election Result Update(DELTA)
FINAL RESULT OF COLLATION FROM 25 LGAS
APC – 90,183
LP – 341,866
NNPP – 3,122
PDP – 161,600
NUMBER OF ACCREDITED VOTERS =667,149
TOTAL VALID VOTES = 615,341
TOTAL REJECTED VOTES = 39,309
TOTAL VOTE CAST = 654,650
INEC ANNOUNCES TINUBU WINNER OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN JIGAWA
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the All Progressive Congress candidate, Bola Tinubu, winner of the Presidential election in Jigawa state.
The State Collation Officer for Presidential Election, SCOPE, for Jigawa state, Arma – Ya`u Hamisu Bichi, made the declaration at the INEC office in Dutse.
The announcement by the SCOPE comes after long hours of collating election results from the 27 local governments of the state.
In the final result, APC polled 421,390,
Labour Party with 1,889, NNPP had 98,234 while
PDP got 386,587.
OBASANJO IS AN ANTI DEMOCRATIC ELEMENT – OSOBA
The former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s call to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the electoral process by compelling the INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu to halt collation and announcement of the Presidential elections and call for outright cancellation of some of the already concluded elections has been generating reactions among notable Nigerians.
Former Governor of Ogun state, Olusegun Osoba has described the statement of the Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo as provocative and inciting.
Olusegun Osoba said this while speaking exclusively with TVC News on Tuesday Morning.
He urged Nigerians to maintain peace and order and allow the Independent National Electoral Commission to announce the result.
He also described the Statement as a confirmation of the undemocratic Tendencies of the Former President an his proclivity for mischief.
On the belief by many that the former President acts the way he does to prevent another Yoruba man to reach the same height he has reached, Chief Osoba said, Obasanjo’s statement is a confirmation of this with many people including a very senior lawyer close to him has suggested an interim Government.
He added that the antics of the former President will not work with President Buhari who is not an interventionist President and will not intervene.
He also said all the attempt to truncate the process through an interim injunction from the Courts will fail.
He said the Political parties and their agents have the results as handed over to them at each polling unit and know the final result adding that what is happening in Abuja is just collation and nothing more.
He also commended the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, for maintaining calm despite several personal attacks to him in the course of the conduct and ongoing collation of results from all over the country in the Presidential Election.
FG To Obasanjo: Don’t Truncate Electoral Process
Tough masquerading as an unbiased and concerned elder statesman, former President Obasanjo is in reality a known partisan who is bent on thwarting, by subterfuge, the choice of millions of Nigerian voters,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed recalled that the former President, in his time, organized perhaps the worst election since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, hence he is the least qualified to advise a
President whose determined effort to leave a legacy of free, fair, credible and transparent election is well acknowledged within and outside Nigeria.
”As the whole nation waits with bated breath for the result of last Saturday’s national elections, amid unnecessary tension created by professional complainants and political jesters, what is expected from a self-respecting elder statesman are words and actions that douse tension and serve as a soothing balm.
”Instead, former President Obasanjo used his unsolicited letter to insinuate, or perhaps wish for, an inconclusive election and a descent into anarchy; used his time to cast aspersion on electoral officials who are unable to defend themselves, while surreptitiously seeking to dress his personal choice in the garb of the people’s choice. This is duplicitous,” he said.
The Minister reminded the former President that organizing elections in Nigeria is not a mean feat, considering that the voter population of 93,469,008 in the country is 16,742,916 more than the total number of registered voters, at 76,726,092, in 14 West African nations put together. ”With a deployment of over 1,265,227 electoral officials, the infusion of technology to enhance the electoral process and the logistical nightmare of sending election materials across our vast country, INEC seems to be availing itself creditably, going by the preliminary reports of the ECOWAS Electoral Observation Mission and the Commonwealth Observer Group, among other groups that observed the election.
”Therefore, those arrogating to themselves the power to cancel an election and unilaterally fix a date for a new one, ostensibly to ameliorate perceived electoral infractions, should please exercise restraint and allow the official electoral body to conclude its duty by announcing the results of the 2023 national elections.
”After that, anyone who is aggrieved must follow the stipulated legal process put in place to adjudicate electoral disputes, instead of threatening fire and conjuring apocalypse,” he said.