Governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress handily won the polls in Benue, Niger, Cross River and Borno states, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
In Makurdi, INEC declared Fr. Hyacinth Alia, a Catholic Priest as winner of the governorship election in Benue.
INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Farouk Kuta, who is also the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Minna, announced the result in Makurdi on Monday.
He said Alia won the election with 473,933 votes to defeat his closest rival, Titus Uba of the PDP who got 223,913 votes.
The returning officer said though election did not hold in Kwande Local Government Area, the difference in votes between Alia and the PDP candidate was 251,020 votes.
Kuta said explained that the election in Kwande LGA would not substantially affect the final vote tally even if it was held.
He added that he took the decision to announce the result in line with Section 24(2) of the Electoral Act
In Minna, Niger State, INEC declared Umar Bago of the APC as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
Prof. Clement Alawa, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Academics, University of Abuja, the INEC Returning Officer, announced the results of the election on Monday in Minna.
Alawa said that Bago polled 469,896 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Isah Liman-Kantigi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 387,476 votes.
He said that Dr Joshua Bawa of the Labour Party (LP) got 3415 votes and Alhaji Ibrahim Yahaya of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) got 3,378 votes.
Similarly in Cross River, Sen. Bassey Otu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the governorship election.
He won in 15 out of the 18 local government areas in the state.
Announcing the result on Monday in Calabar, the Returning Officer, Prof. Teddy Adies, said APC polled 258,619 votes.
He said that the People’s Democratic Party got 179,636 votes while the Labour Party garnered 5,957 votes.
According to him, the total number of registered voters was 1,766,466, accredited voters 466,294, valid votes 451,933, and void votes 8,923.
“Eleven political parties participated in this election and for the results to get to us here at the state level, it had to pass through the Polling Units, the Ward Collation Centres and the collation centre at the the Local Government Levels.
“Otu of the APC after satisfying the requirement of the law has been returned elected,” the Returning Officer said.
In Borno State, Gov. Babagana Zulum was re-elected
The Returning Officer, Prof. Jude Rabo, while announcing the result, said Zulum of All Progressives Congress (APC) pulled 545, 542 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mohammed Jajari of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who got 82,147 votes.
Zulum’s party won all the 28 House of Assembly seats.
Incumbent Speaker of the assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan ( APC-Guzamala), the longest serving speaker won for the fifth time.