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Uduaghan, Al-Makura, others cleared as APC Senatorial aspirants

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The All Progressives Congress screening panel for senatorial aspirants has released the list of aspirants cleared to contest the senatorial elections next year.

Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan Among the aspirants cleared are former Delta state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governors Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi, Tanko Al-Makura and Kashim shettima.

In Lagos and Ondo states, all the incumbents have been cleared unopposed to run for the election once again.

In Delta, former governor Uduaghan is the only APC aspirant in Delta South.Lawyer, Dayo Adeyeye and a former governorship aspirant in Ekiti state is the only candidate of the APC for Ekiti South.

There are however, seven aspirants in the race for Ekiti North and two for Ekiti central.The latter ticket is a straight fight between incumbent Fatima Raji-Rasaki and former House of Representatives member, Bamidele Opeyemi.

In Ogun central, Governor Amosun will slug it out against Senator Lanre Tejuoso, while the consensus candidate for Ogun East, Senator Lekan Mustapha has four other aspirants to contend with. One of them is Olusegun Adesegun, a former deputy governor in the state.

In Oyo, Governor Abiola Ajimobi will run against Senator Teslim Folarin, who crossed to APC from PDP. Oyo North Senator Buhari is the sole candidate, just like Oyo South, which has Dr. Folarin Olufisayo.

In Kogi state, 13 aspirants have been cleared. Former Senator Smart Adeyemi is making a bid for his old seat in Kogi West. Incumbent Dino Melaye is now in PDP. There are 14 aspirants in Kwara.

In Nasarawa, Governor Tanko Al-Makura has Senator Hussaini Egye to beat to clinch the ticket for Nasarawa South.

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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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