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APC suspends Amosun, Okorocha

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday suspended governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo states respectively.

The NWC has also recommended their expulsion from APC to the national executive committee (NEC).

The decisions were taken at the NWC meeting on Friday afternoon in Abuja where allegations of “anti-party activities” were levelled the governors.

Amosun and Okorocha were both elected senators on the platform of APC on Saturday but they are backing different candidates for the March 9 governorship election.

The duo fell out with the leadership of the APC after failing to secure the gubernatorial tickets of the ruling party for their preferred candidates.

While Okorocha threw his weight behind Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, Amosun rallied round Adekunle Akinlade, a serving member of the house of representatives.

Shortly after the primaries of the APC, Nwosu and Akinlade defected to other parties where they emerged gubernatorial candidates.

In Ogun, Akinlade clinched the ticket of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) while Nwosu emerged as the flagbearer of the Action Alliance (AA).

Okorocha and Amosun campaigned for their candidates at APC rallies. This led to a break down of law and order when President Muhammadu Buhari led his reelection team to Abeokuta, capital of the state.

Supporters of APM who trooped to the MKO Abiola Stadium where the rally held, had pelted Buhari with stones when he presented Dapo Abiodun as APC guber candidate.

Security operatives shielded the president and the programme ended abruptly.

The party had vowed to take disciplinary actions against Amosun over the incident.

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Emeka Ihedioha wins Imo governorship election

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Former Deputy Speaker and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha has been declared the winner of the keenly contested Imo State governorship election by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta.

Ihedioha polled a total number of 273404 to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu.

The candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and All Progressives Congress (APC), Ifeanyi Araraume and Hope Uzodinma scored 114676 and 96458 votes respectively.

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Delta Elections: We’re optimistic that APC will win – Uduaghan

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Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and APC Delta South Senatorial Candidate in the February 23 elections, says he cannot give verdict for the ongoing governorship and State Assembly elections in Delta State.

Uduaghan who spoke after casting his vote at Abigborodo, Warri North LGA, however expressed optimism that his party would carry the day at the end of voting and collation of vote cast.

Speaking, he said, “About two days, they (INEC officials) started sending out the materials to the various local government councils and by yesterday, the materials would have been at the RAC (Registration Area Centres) and Abigborodo is a centre.

“But I think my party in Warri North protested. Based on our security experience, if you take the materials a day before the voting to any of the riverine areas, it is a very risky business because people can go there at night and vandalise them. So, I think the party protested and INEC evaluated. So, it was this morning that they (INEC officials) left Koko but it was much earlier than the last time.

“I will not be surprised in the case of Sapele because you know that in the last exercise, there were some skirmishes and people died. So, I think the security is tighter in these elections because of what happened in the previous elections.

“The security agencies usually evaluate what is on ground based on information and, of course, intelligence report. So, maybe the security arrangement, this time, was because of previous experience, currently information and intelligence report, which I don’t know.

“We are optimistic. Let us get the results first; let me get the reports first because I don’t know what is happening in other areas. I don’t know whether people are behaving, misbehaving or there is a security challenge. So, it is difficult for me to just give a verdict.”.

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Oyo guber: Gov. Ajimobi loses polling unit to PDP

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday lost his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s gubernatorial election.

He was accompanied to the poling unit close to his Oluyole residence, by his wife, Florence.

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