Today’s Headlines: Gov Election 2023: Sanwo-Olu In Early Lead; Lagos Speaker, Obasa Wins Sixth Term
Gov Election 2023: Sanwo-Olu in early lead
The incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, is in early lead, as Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, continues with collation.
So far, Sanwo-Olu has 593,614 votes.
The Labour Party, LP, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour got 201,353 votes, while Olajide Adediran, Jandor, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, got 53,827 votes.
Lagos Speaker, Obasa wins sixth term
The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, has been elected for a sixth term to represent Agege 1 constituency in the state assembly.
Dr Lukman Adeniji, the INEC Returning Officer for the Agege constituency election, made the declaration on Sunday at the Collation Centre in Orile Agege.
He said that eight political parties fielded candidates for the election held on Saturday.
According to him, Obasa secured 17,214 votes to beat Mr Raheem Alani of the Labour Party, who had 3,933, Kafayat Biobaku of ADC with 62 votes and the PDP, which got 1,609 votes.
“Mubashiru Obasa of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law, has scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Adeniji said.
Ebonyi SSG decries voter apathy in communities
The Secretary to the Ebonyi State Government, Mr Kenneth Ugbala, has decried the low turnout of voters for the governorship and House of Assembly elections in some communities.
Ugbala gave the assessment in an interview with newsmen at Amudo Okofia ward, polling unit 008 and 009 Ezza-South Local Government Area on Saturday.
He expressed dismay at the low turnout of voters at the polling unit but noted that the exercise was peaceful in the area.
He added that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System worked as expected, while voting commenced at 8:30am and ended 2pm.
PDP makes clarification on suspension of Cross River candidate
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rubbished a letter alleging that the party had suspended Professor Sandy Onor, its governorship candidate in Cross River State.
Debo Ologunagba, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, stated in Abuja that the letter of suspension of Onor, reportedly signed by the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and circulating online, was fake.
He said, “The said letter is a fake and an evil design by anti-people elements with the intent to cause confusion within our party, mislead the people of Cross River and manipulate the governorship election against the PDP.