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PDP Wins Bwari Area Council Election

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), John Gabaya has been declared winner of the Chairmanship election in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Returning Officer for Chairmanship Election in Bwari, Professor Amuche Madu declared Mr Gabaya the winner, having polled 13,045 votes to defeat his closest rival, Haruna Shekwolo of All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 7,697.

Mr Gabaya the incumbent chairman – was returned elected, having met the requirements of the Constitution and the electoral law.

Gwagwalada Area Council Election’s Results

Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin Giri of APC – 11,125;

Mohammed Kasim Ikwa of PDP – 9,597

Returning Officer – Prof. Illiyasu Umar

PDP AMAC chairmanship election

The Peoples Democratic party’s candidate has been declared the winner of the just concluded chairmanship election for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

Christopher Zakka (Maikalangu) of the PDP defeated his closest rival, Murtala Karshi (Yamarayi) of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and 10 others, to win the election.

Mr Zakka polled 19,302 votes while Mr Karshi secured 13,249 votes.

The PDP won in 10 wards while the APC won in only two.

The results for AMAC were officially declared by the INEC Returning Officer, Sani Saka.

KUJE AREA COUNCIL

The incumbent Chairman, Suleiman Sabo PDP garnered a total of 13,301

Sarki Hamidu of the APC – 7,694

Sule Magaji, the INEC Returning Officer

APC wins in Kwali

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Kwali Area Council chairmanship election in the Federal Capital Territory.

Danladi Chiya of the APC defeated his closest rival, Haruna Pai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to win the keenly contested election.

The INEC Returning Officer for Kwali Area Council, Wesley Daniel, who made the announcement, said Mr Chiya polled 7,646 votes while Mr Pai garnered 7,345 votes, a difference of 301 votes.

Mr Chiya, the council’s incumbent chairman, will now serve his second term in office.

The APC candidate won in nine of the ten wards in the area council.

He had earlier promised to continue with his mandate of infrastructural development in the area council.

APC wins Abaji but no candidate can be declared winner – INEC

The electoral commission (INEC) has declared the APC as the winner of the chairmanship election in Abaji Area Council of Abuja.

However, due to a legal tussle over who the authentic candidate of the APC is, none of the party’s aspirants will be declared winner of the election, INEC said.

On Sunday, the INEC Returning Officer for Abaji Area Council, Gabriel Mordi, said it will not be legitimate to declare any of the APC aspirants as the winner of the election.

“We cannot declare a candidate winner in Abaji because the winning party does not have a candidate here, the case is still in court,” he said.

He said a winner will be announced after the Supreme Court decision in the coming weeks.

In the election, the APC scored 7,280 votes to defeat Hahaha Garba of the PDP, who polled 4,063 votes.

A total of 11,522 voters were accredited in the local government for the poll. Out of these, 11,390 were counted as valid votes while 107 were rejected votes.

An APC aspirant, Muhammad Loko, had been declared the winner of the April 23, 2021, chairmanship primary in the area

His name was controversially substituted by the APC with that of Umar Abdullahi who was later recognised by INEC as the party’s flag bearer until recently.

Dissatisfied with this, Mr Loko approached an FCT High Court in Gudu district. The court on November 16, 2021, ruled in his favour and sacked Mr Abdullahi.

The latter appealed the ruling. However, the appeal court in January affirmed Mr Loko as the APC chairmanship candidate for the February 12 poll in Abaji.

Mr Abdullahi appealed to the Supreme Court whose ruling on the matter is now being awaited. It is based on this that INEC refused to declare any of the candidates the winner despite the APC’s victory.

The victory for the APC in Abaji makes it three apiece for Nigeria’s two major parties although a total of 14 parties took part in the area council elections.

Writing By Daniel Adejo