•Tambuwal, Amosun, Bindo, Sani Bello, Shettima, Masari, Ishaku, Ahmed also in early lead
•Ortom ahead in Benue, wins in Government House, Makurdi
The people spoke again yesterday loud and clear, casting their lot for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the majority of the South West, North West, North Central and North East states in the governorship /state assembly elections.
From the early results across the states, candidates of the party in the four geo-political zones appeared to be coasting to victory.
The situation was however the opposite in much of the South South and the Southeast where candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were largely favoured, although reports from Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta suggested massive violations of the electoral process by the party.
Violence raged for much of the day in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states such that electoral officers had to go into hiding.
At least11 people, some of them APC supporters were killed in the violence.
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the APC governorship candidate in Lagos State took a commanding lead, brushing aside Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the PDP who failed in his polling unit.
Early results include the followings: Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) was in early lead at the yesterday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states.
According to unofficial polls result, APC was leading in over 15 of the 20 local governments. In five councils, the APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were appeared to be running neck to neck.
The polls were relatively peaceful, although the exercise was generally marred by low turnout of voters.
For Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State it is history in the making after appearing to break the jinx of a second term in the state.
As at last night, he was ahead of his opponents –Accord Party’s Rasheed Ladoja, Labour Party’s Alao-Akala -in most parts of the state.
Seeing the handing writing on the wall the PDP candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin went on air to concede defeat.
He promised to congratulate the winner once INEC confirms the result.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State was also on course sweeping most of the votes in Ogun West and Central. The PDP performed better in Ogun East especially in Remo and Ijebu North.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who flew the APC flag in Sokoto was in early lead as were Mallam Nasir el’Rufai (Kaduna),Dr.Umar Ganguje (Kano),Alhaji Aminu Masari (Katsina), Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara),Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno), Alhaji , Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger),Mr. Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Senator Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa)
The voting pattern is a reflection of the outcome of the March 28 Presidential Election which was won by the party’s candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari
Although the two leading candidates in Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and Governor Ramalan Yero won in their polling units, the APC candidate (el-Rufai) was clearly ahead in the results of most of the Polling Units declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
While el-Rufai polled 360 votes against PDP’s Yero 42 votes at his polling unit 024, Ungwar Sarki, Yero also won at his Kaura polling unit in Zaria city with 304 votes against El-Rufai’s 192 votes.
Other results were Kawo Polling unit 031( el-Rufai 554 ,PDP 09) ; Tudun Wada 031(APC 255, PDP 01); Kabala Kapuwa, APC 673 votes, PDP 09); Tudun Nupawa, (APC 286, PDP 03); Madawaki PU 022(APC 546, PDP 17 votes); Makarfi road, Kawo PU 029(APC 495 votes, PDP 21).
Others are Kachia town PU 009 (APC 274, PDP 161); Kofar Sarki Badiko PU 009, (APC 188, PDP 17); Ungwan Rimi PU 025( APC 207, PDP 47); Gabasawa PU 023, (APC 270, PDP 31); Ungwan Sarkin PU 024(APC 360, PDP 42).
Babban Dodo, Zaria 05 PU( APC 209, PDD 26); Zaria City A/juma PU020 (APC 291, PDP 53); Zaria A/juma pu016 (APC 397,PDP 48).
It was the same song for the APC in all the local governments in Kano where Deputy Governor Umar Ganduje defeated the PDP candidate, Yusuf Takai in the results of the polling units so far declared.
Some of the results are as follows: Sumaila Gala ward 006 (APC 197, PDP 3)
Dala Kofar ward 024 APC 61, PDP 13); Dala Dogon Nama ward (APC 386, PDP 185)
005 Booth (APC 222, PDP 54); Nassarawa Tudun Murtala (APC 155, PDP 39)
Warawa LG Kadawa 004 (APC 177, PDP 79); 005booth (APC 161, PDP 57).
The APC candidate in Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello was ahead of PDP’s Umar Gado Nasko in most polling units in Chanchaga, Bida, Shiroro, Magama, Kontagora, Borgu, Rijau, Rafi and Suleja Local Government Areas.
The APC candidate was equally coasting home to victory in Lapai, Tafa, Edati, Lavun and Mokwa local government areas of the state.
In Taraba State, a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Arc. Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was leading in nine Local Government Areas last night.
Ishaku sprang a surprise by forging ahead of APC candidate, Sen. Aishat Alhassan, in her opponents stronghold in Jalingo.
Ishaku was leading in Wukari,Taken, Dunga, Ussa, Karim-Lamido ,Yorro, Zing, Kuremi and Jalingo.
A governorship candidate in Adamawa State last night gave an insight into the contest in Adamawa State.
He admitted that it was apparent that APC candidate, Sen. Jibrilla Bindow was leading.
He said: “Alhamdulilahi, we participated in the elections and remained consistent without abandoning our mandate half way.
“From initial results, it is clear APC will form the next government in Adamawa State.”
It was a comfortable lead for Governor Kashim Shettima in Borno State against PDP’s Gambo Lawan.
The PDP candidate lost his polling unit in Mobbar Local Government Area of northern Borno State to APC.
While Governor Shettima secured 118 votes, Lawan got 9 votes at Kareto Dispensary PU of Kareto Ward.
Shettima however delivered his polling unit to the APC when he polled 196 votes at Shettimari Polling Unit in Lawan Bukar, Lamisula Ward, where the Governor voted near his late father’s house in Maiduguri. His main challenger, Gambo Lawan of the PDP got zero.
Governor Abdulfatahi Ahmed had a calm day as he floored the PDP candidate, Sen. Simeon Sule Ajibola in Kwara Central Senatorial District, especially Ilorin Emirate with huge voting population.
Some of the results are Ajikobi Ward Polling Unit 006( APC: 291, PDP:56);
Unit 005( APC: 297, PDP:24); Alanamu Ward PU 24( APC:194, PDP: 60).
The governor was also ahead in most polling units in Kwara North and most parts of Kwara South including his Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
A major upset was recorded in Benue State where the APC candidate, Samuel Ortom defeated the PDP rival, Termhen Tazoor at the Polling Unit in Government House, Makurdi by garnering 145 votes to PDP’s 119.
Ortom was also in the lead in most results from Makurdi, Guma, Otukpo, Kwande, Ushongo, Gboko, Buruku, Konshisha, Oju and Tarka Local Government Areas.
For ex-Speaker Aminu Masari, it was an easy ride over PDP’s candidate, Engr. Nashuni in most Local Government Areas of Katsina State.
Like electoral Tsunami, Governor Ibrahim lost to APC in his Ward in his hometown in Dutsinma.
But the results of the governorship poll might be delayed because INEC has postponed the conduct of gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in Danmusa LGA.
INEC vehicles were attacked by suspected thugs and election materials hijacked.
As at press time, PDP was yet to win in any polling unit in Sokoto State in all the results so far declared making it a likely landslide for Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.
Desperate to cast her vote for APC candidate, a 50-year old woman, YarbabaYusuf Babangida died at Kofar Gidan Salisu Maska Polling Unit in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The APC and PDP were running a close race .
Some of the results from the Polling Units indicated that the APC governorship candidate, Rochas Okorocha was leading in Njaba, Nkwerre, Onuimo, Okigwe, Owerri North, Owerri Municipal, Owerri West, Ideato South and Ideato North Local Government Areas while the PDP governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, was ahead in Aboh-Mbaise, Ahiazu-Mbaise, Ezinihitte, Oguta, Ohaji-Egbema.