El-Rufai and Wike’s anointed candidates win governorship elections in Kaduna and Rivers

The candidates supported by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna have won the governorship elections conducted on March 18, 2023.

Uba Sani, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate was on Monday declared the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Kaduna State.

He was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for Kaduna State and Vice Chancellor of the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbis.

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Sani polled a total of 730,002 votes to defeat his closest rival, Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 719,196 votes.

The Labour Party (LP) candidate, Jonathan Asake, came a distant third after polling 58,283 votes while the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Suleiman Hunkuyi scored 21,405 votes.

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Similarly, Siminialayi Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the Rivers State governorship election.

State Returning Officer, Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh announced the result late Monday night at the end of the two days collation at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Head Office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The PDP candidate polled 302,614 votes to defeat his closet rival Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 95,274 votes while the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Senator Magnus Abe, and Labour Party (LP)’s, Beatrice Itubo came a distant third and fourth with 46,981 and 22,224 votes respectively.

Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources said a total of 496,852 were accredited for the March 18 governorship election out of the 3,537,190 registered voters in the State.

He explained that of the 494,604 total votes cast, 483,934 were valid while 10, 670 were rejected votes.

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Aside from the PDP, party agents at the State Collation Centre rejected the results, saying the figures were allegedly allocated.

Fubara was anointed by the incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike who is in the last weeks of his two-term of eight years.

Already, there is jubilation at the Rivers State Govt House following the declaration.

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