Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu, Makinde , 23 Other Governors Elect To Get Certificates Of Return On Wednesday - EDU-BIZNEWS


Saturday, March 25, 2023

Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu, Makinde , 23 Other Governors Elect To Get Certificates Of Return On Wednesday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says arrangements have concluded for  issuance of certificates of return to  newly elected governors, deputy governors-elect and State Assembly members-elect beginning from  Wednesday to Friday.

INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye who made this known in a statement on Saturday,  said by the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

“Pursuant to the above provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March 2023 for the issuance of certificates of return to Governors and Deputy Governors-elect as well as State Assembly members-elect. The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each State of the Federation", INEC stated 

“Specific dates for the issuance of the certificates shall be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various States,” Okoye  added 

A break down of the results  from 26 of the 28 governorship elections declared so far, shows that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 15 states, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in nine, Labour Party (LP) in Abia  while the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) won in Kano. 

The elections in Kebbi and Adamawa were declared inconclusive.

Those that won on the platform of APC include seven re-elected governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa) and Babagana Zulum (Borno).

The party also produced eight new candidates: Umar Namadi (Jigawa), Ahmed Aliyu (Sokoto), Dikko Radda (Katsina), Uba Sani (Kaduna), Bassey Otu (Cross River), Mohammed Bago (Niger), Hyacinth Alia (Benue), and Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi).

The major opposition, PDP secured nine victories including two reelected governors: Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) as well as seven others who emerged as first- term  governors

They are Peter Mbah (Enugu), Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom), Siminialayi Fubara (Rivers), Kefas Agbu (Taraba), Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau), and Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta).

Also PDP’s Dauda Lawal recorded historic electoral victory in Zamfara,  unseating Governor Bello Matawalle of Nestle Nigeria 

Similarly, Abba Kabir of the NNPP unseated the APC in Kano State while LP’s Alex Otti won Abia which had been a PDP state in the last couple of years.

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