THE Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi is already sweeping like a hurricane in the South-East and South-South states with major upsets recorded in many states.
The impressive performance of both Obi and the Labour Party in Saturday’s elections took many by surprise as those who underestimated him, paid for it at the polls.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections conducted last Saturday showed most candidates, who contested on the platform of the LP, in the South-South and South-East winning their elections courtesy of Obi.
LP clears Enugu polls
In Enugu State, Labour Party won all the Presidential and National Assembly polls conducted last Saturday, except for Enugu West Senatorial district where Mr Osita Ngwu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was declared the winner for the Senate position.
Enugu East Senatorial district was, however, not conducted due to the death of the LP candidate, Oyibo Chukwu, who was killed two days before the election.
In the Presidential poll, Mr Peter Obi won Enugu State with 428,640 votes, followed by the PDP with 15,749; the APC with 4,772; APGA with 1,548 and NNPP with 1,808.
The Enugu State Collation Officer, Prof Madu Iwe said that the number of registered voters in the state remained at 2,112,793 and accredited voters for the poll were 482,990.
Ugwuanyi defeated by LP
On the National Assembly results, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the PDP lost Enugu North Senatorial district to Chief Okey Ezea of the LP with Ezea polling 104,492 votes against Governor Ugwuanyi, who gathered 46,948 votes.
Labour Party candidates who won the House of Representatives seats include Prof. Paul Nnamchi for Enugu East/Isi-Uzo federal Constituency; Mr Sam Atu of Enugu North/Enugu South federal Constituency; Mr Dennis Agbo of Udenu/Igboeze north federal Constituency.
Others are Chidi Obetta of Nsukka/Igboeze south federal Constituency; Chijioke Nwodo of Igbo Etiti/Uzo-Uwani federal Constituency; Chijioke Okereke of Oji River/Agwu/Aninri federal Constituency; Mr Sunday Umeha of Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency.
Obi leading in 15 Anambra LGs so far declared
Similarly, in Anambra State, Peter Obi has won in 15 local government areas from the results officially announced by the INEC in the state.
Obi also won in Aguata LGA, the hometown of Governor Charles Soludo, scoring 37,478 out of the 40,387 votes cast, beating his closest rival, the candidate of APGA, who scored 712.
The LP candidate also won in Dunukofia LGA, the hometown of a business mogul, Chief Arthur Eze, scoring 18,715 out of the 20,198 votes cast. The PDP scored 428 votes.
Six council areas are still being awaited.
Peter Obi wins in Abia
The LP also made inroads into Abia State as its presidential candidate, Mr Obi won the presidential election in the state.
Obi, who cleared the 17 council areas, scored 327, 085 votes ahead of Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, who came a distant second with 22,676 votes.
The APC candidate, Bola Tinubu, crawled behind with 8,914 votes, followed by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, which got only 3,943 votes.
According to the results collated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme University Abakaliki, Professor Abel Ezeoha, the number of registered voters in the state was 2, 120, 808.
He gave the number of accredited voters as 384,468, while the valid voters were 381,683.
According to the State Collation Officer, the total number of rejected voters were 11,646.
Obi suffocates Okowa in Delta, wins 11 LGs
In Delta State, the LP presidential candidate is suffocating the PDP’s Vice Presidential candidate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa by winning 11 of the 16 council areas announced out of the 25 Local Government Areas by the INEC.
His closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP has won in six local government areas of the state.
The council areas where Obi won are Ika South, Aniocha North, Ethiope West, Oshimili North, Ndokwa West, Ukwuani, Aniocha South, Ethiope East, Sapele, Ndokwa East and Oshimili South Local Government Areas as announced by the various LG Returning Officers.
Atiku won in Ika North-East, Bomadi, Patani, Warri North and Burutu.
Elumelu bows to LP’s Okolie
Also, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Ndudi Elumelu lost Saturday’s election to Labour Party’s candidate for the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, Mr Ngozi Okolie.
Okolie was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for the Federal Constituency, Professor Kenneth Abaraibe, at the INEC collation Centre in the Oshimili South Local Government secretariat.
The LP candidate scored 53, 879 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Ndudi Elumelu who polled 33, 466.
Similarly, the candidate of the PDP, in the Ethiope Federal Constituency, Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, clinched the House of Representatives seat for the constituency.
Ibori-Suenu, daughter of former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori, was elected and secured 20,814, while her closet rival, Halims Agoda of the APC polled 15,172 votes
In the Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency, the PDP candidate, Mr Nnamdi Ezechi clinched the House of Representatives seat for the constituency.
Ezechi polled 22,622 votes while the APC candidate, Chief Johnson Opone scored 14,958.
Obi wins in Edo
Hurricane Obi also swept through Edo State where the LP candidate has been declared winner in the state.
INEC’s collation officer in Edo State, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo said Obi polled 331,163 to win the state, while the APC candidate, Bola Tinubu scored 144,471. The PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar came third by scoring 89,585, Rabiu Kwakwanso of the NNPP scored 2,743, while the ZLP scored 4082.
Ndaeyo said 603, 894 voters were accredited out of the 2,501,081, who registered for the exercise, the valid votes were 581,266, rejected votes were 19,129, and the votes cast were 600,395.
The 12 LGs won by Obi include Igueben, Esan Central, Esan North-East, Egor, Esan South-East, Esan West, Uhunmwonde, Orhionmwon, Ovia South-West, Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Ovia North-East, while APC won in six LGAs of Owan West, Owan East, Akoko-Edo, Etsako Central, Etsako West and Etsako East.
At the end of the collation agents of LP, PDP and APC, of the 18 participating political parties, signed the collated results.
LP wins senatorial seat in Edo
The same feat was recorded in Edo State where the Labour Party candidate, Mr Neda Imasuen, won the Edo South Senatorial District election.
Imasuen was announced the winner of the contest defeating both the APC and PDP.
Announcing the results, yesterday, INEC’s Returning Officer, Professor Julius Obasuyi said Imasuen polled 167,250 votes while his closest rival, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen of the PDP garnered 61,749, while Valentine Asuen of the APC scored 57,933.
Obi’s victory sign Nigerians are fed up —Abia Elders
Reacting to the impressive performance of the Labour Party in Saturday’s elections, the Abia Elders Consultative Forum attributed it to the failure of the two major political parties in the country.
Chairman of the forum, ArchBishop Princewill Ariwodor, in a chat with Vanguard, said it was a demonstration of people’s disenchantment with the mega parties.
Ariwodor said: “The mega parties have failed the people. They have betrayed the people enough and they have no other choice than to go for a total change.
“So, the Labour Party provided the platform for the needed change. This is the first time people are coming out en mass to vote.
“This is a demonstration of how bitter the people are over the rape of democracy in the country. The mega parties have abused democracy.
“And if this was not demonstrated, politicians won’t learn their lessons. People are prepared to demonstrate more if their mandate is tampered with.
“They are prepared to show their bitterness if any attempt is made to subvert their will.”
INEC official shot dead in Delta
Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Delta State, Rev. Monday Udoh-Tom, yesterday, confirmed the killing of an election official after Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
Udoh-Tom, who spoke with newsmen in Asaba, stated that the unnamed official was shot on his way to deliver election results on Saturday at Ukwani Local Government Area of the state.
The REC said: “There was an attack in Ukwani LGA where one of our staff was shot on his way with the election results after the election.
“The gunmen opened fire at their bus and unfortunately killed the INEC official and others sustained injuries.
“The other ad hoc staff who were injured were identified as members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
“The NYSC corps members are now receiving treatment, but we are planning on how to move them to a hospital in Asaba,” Udoh-Tom.”
APC Hails Uzodimma, Ododo On Election Victory, Commends INEC
The All Progressives Congress has congratulated its governorship candidates in Imo and Kogi states, Hope Uzodimma and Usman Ododo, respectively, on their victory at last Saturday’s election.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, revealed this in a statement signed on Monday, November 13.
The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress congratulates His Excellency, Hope Uzodimma, on his re-election as Executive Governor of Imo State, and Usman Ododo on his emergence as Governor of Kogi State.
“The landslide victories of both Governor Uzodinma and Ododo at the just-concluded gubernatorial polls attest to the exceptional performance of the APC-led administrations in both states and resonated loudly with voters.
“We are confident that Governor Uzodimma will consolidate and extend the impressive accomplishments of his first term in Imo State, while Usman Ododo, on his part, will build on the solid record of the outgoing APC-administration in Kogi State.
“We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies for professionally discharging their constitutional duties during the election in both states.
“We salute the Imo and Kogi electorate for their invaluable and massive support of our great party.”
Breaking News! IMO DECIDES: Hope Uzodinma Steps Down For Anyanwu, Looses Presidential Support
Gov. Hope Uzodinma has stepped down for SamDaddy Anyanwu as he could not garner support from Mr. President, Bola President Tinubu.
Ahead of the November 11th governorship election, the All progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gov. Hope Uzodinma, has stepped down for Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, also known as SAMDADDY, as he could not garner a nod and/or any iota of support from Mr. President, Bola Tinubu.
recall that during the presidential primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2022, Gov. Hope Uzodinma personally purchased the #100m nomination form for Ahmed Lawan, the former Senate President, who got the support of the National Chairman of All progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.
Our investigation revealed that the embattled Gov. Hope Uzodinma, for over two months now, has been restless trying ferret and/or fetch the attention of Mr. President to help him clutch at his re-election ambition by directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agents to lend him cooperations to rig off the upcoming governorship election but Mr. President insisted while maintaining that he would not interfere in the said Imo election.
Standing on his firm resolve, Mr. President promised that there would be fair play, free and/or unhindered participations in the said upcoming polls in Imo State to all the parties and their candidates without any interference and/or undue favouritism and/or supportations of any kind of from the security agents: military, police, etc as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In fact, it’s gathered, from inside Aso Rock, that Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would not want Gov. Hope Uzodinma to be re-elected to quell and/or douse the burning fires of insecurity in the State.
Political analysts as well as some political high-fliers both in Imo State and in Nigeria, including elsewhere, have interpreted Mr. President’s position as a payback in Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s coin for the socio-political betrayal or sabotage from Gov. Hope Uzodinma against Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the days in “wilderness” at All Progressives Congress’ (APC’) primary in 2022.
On Thursday, the 9th day of November, 2023, after all efforts made by Gov. Hope Uzodinma to obtain Mr. President’s support dashed away or proved abortive, unfortunately, the said embattled Imo State governor, Gov. Hope Uzodinma, has informed his loyalists and his few myopic supporters in the State that his guber aspiration and/or project was unsure and visibly in confusing jeopardy as his sordid plans to use the military, police and Ebube Agu security to rig the said election has been shattered as the Presidency has directed the disbandment of Ebube Agu secret militia and redeployment of Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, whom Gov. Hope Uzodinma had already but heavily sorted with millions of Naira and Dollars.
Inside information indicates that Gov. Hope Uzodinma has been directed by the Presidency to work together with the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) Candidate, Sen Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, (SAMDADDY), to save himself from pepertual socio-political condemnation and/or being disgraced by probe.
In compliance with the above, Gov. Hope Uzodinma has directed his loyalists and/or supporters to mobilize and support the candidature of Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (SamDaddy) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and vote for him come Saturday, the 11th November, 2023 governorship election in Imo State.
Afenifere: Fasoranti Differs With Adebanjo On S-Court Verdict
FORMER Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, yesterday, disagreed with the leader of the group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, over the Supreme Court verdict that affirmed President Bola Tinubu’s victory during the February 25, 2023 general election.
Pa Adebanjo and other Afenifere leaders had met in Isanya Ogbo area of Ijebu in Ogun State, and faulted the Supreme Court verdict, which affirmed the victory of President Tinubu.
They said that the judgement has rendered the billions of naira expended on electoral reform, a waste.
But, in a counter-reaction, Pa Fasoranti, in a statement, disowned Adebanjo’s position on the Supreme Court judgement.
Fasoranti said: “The attention of Chief Reuben Fasoranti and other leaders has been drawn to a communique purportedly released in the name of Afenifere by the General Secretary, Chief Sola Ebiseni, where Afenifere is said to fault the Supreme Court judgement upholding Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s election as the President of Nigeria.
“This is far from the truth about Afenifere’s leadership position on the matter.
“Let it be on record that Chief Fasoranti and other Afenifere leaders are not privy to such ignominious press release, did not authorise it and do not subscribe to the seditious act such may portend.
“It is merely an unfortunate misadventure of some Labour Party elements within the Afenifere fold who would rather drag the body’s reputation in the mud to achieve whatever sinister and seditious end they might have concocted.
“The world will recall that Chief Fasoranti had congratulated the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on his election into office, and also expressed solidarity over his victory at the apex court.
“It is then clearly underhanded and mischievous to have such preposterous attack on the judiciary by intemperate elements within the fold, fanning the embers of national discords with political motives, using the name of Afenifere.
“We are unequivocal in reiterating that Pa Ayo Adebanjo is the Acting Leader, who, in the natural and traditional order of Afenifere, is expected to defer to his leader who appointed him, Chief Fasoranti, without reservations.
“To do otherwise is to tread such ignoble path in national discourse as this unfortunate release reveals.
“The meeting recently held in Ogbo Ijebu, at no point raised or decided on the attack on the judiciary as the statements of the General Secretary seemed to portray.
“The leaders of Afenifere would like to challenge Chief Ebiseni to offer the world, the true record of deliberations at the said meeting to confirm its concurrence with the communique he so released to the world.
“The ethos and structure of Afenifere vest the leadership authority in the Leader as the Olori Ebi; until such time that he joins his forebears, notwithstanding whoever he has chosen to act on his behalf.