Ten states yesterday got to know who their next governors will be.
After Saturday’s governorship and Houses of Assembly elections, results were collated and announced.
States declared so far are Lagos, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Kwara, Ogun, Jigawa, Yobe, Katsina and Sokoto.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was re-elected for a second term on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform.
He polled 762,134 votes to defeat Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who came second with 312,329 votes.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Olajide Adediran (alias Jandor) polled 62,449 votes.
The Returning Officer (RO), Vice Chancellors, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji, said: “Babajide Sanwo-Olu, having satisfied the requirements of the law by scoring 25 per cent of the total votes cast and also having the highest number of votes cast is hereby declared elected.”
Sanwo-Olu, in the result declared at 1.17 am, won 19 of 20 LGAs, losing only Amuwo Odofin.
In his acceptance speech, tagged: “No victor, no vanquished,” Sanwo-Olu said: “Election is over, governance continues.”
He thanked Lagosians for renewing his mandate and promised not to let them down.
Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde won a second term.
The PDP candidate was victorious in 31 of 33 local government areas (LGAs).
Makinde polled 563,756 votes to beat his closest rival, Teslim Folarin of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 256,685.
Accord Party candidate, Adebayo Adelabu got 38,357 votes.
Makinde’s total votes were up by over 50,000 compared with the 510,000 votes he garnered in 2019.
The RO, Prof. Adebayo Banire, said Makinde met the requirements to be returned for a second term.
The governor lost to Folarin in only Irepo and Orelope LGAs, both of which are in the Oke-Ogun area.
Makinde dedicated his victory to God and the people of the state.
The governor, joined by his wife, Tamunominimin, was flanked by family, friends and associates.
He said the incoming administration, which he tagged Omituntun 2.0, will be better.
The governor told reporters: “Right now, I am just overwhelmed. I want to thank the good people of Oyo State for the confidence they have reposed in this administration and my ability to lead them.
“I also want to say thank you to all my friends and colleagues throughout the country who did one thing or the other for us to support this administration.
“I think the reward for hard work is more work. So, for this second tenure, we will work harder for the people of Oyo State than we did in the first tenure.
“As I said on the campaign trail, Omituntun 2.0 is a film that will be a lot better, sweeter and more effective when compared to Omiuntun 1.0.
“So, I want to say thank you to my leaders, elders, our supporters, who have done well. This victory is dedicated to God and the good people of Oyo State.”
He said the 63 per cent of the votes he got was unprecedented.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, congratulated Makinde, describing his re-election as a reward for his good work.
He urged him not to relax in his second term.
In a statement by his media aide, Oladele Ogunsola, the monarch said: “There’s always the tendency for a second-termer to be lethargic because there’s nothing to aspire for again, at least at the state level.
“I appeal to you to see the new mandate as a call to do more in terms of service delivery.
“The confidence reposed in you by the people by voting you in is hinged on hope for more dividends of democracy by your government.”
Adelabu also greeted Makinde on his victory.
He said in a statement: “It is my strong belief that election should not be a do or die affair, as God changes times and seasons, he enthrones and dethrones kings according to his wish. God’s time is the best.
“Election is all about giving our state the best in governance and achieving the desired socio-economic development to improve the welfare and prosperity of our people.
“While we will continue in our constructive, objective and helpful criticism of government policies and programs, all that matters now is joining hands with the governor in our respective capacity to achieve the desired people-oriented development for the state, for posterity to smile on us.”
PDP’s Pastor Umo Eno was declared the winner of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom.
He polled 356,346 votes to defeat Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate, Bassey Akpan, who scored 136,262 votes.
APC’s Akanimo Udofia came third with 129,602 votes.
The RO and Vice Chancellor of Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, Prof Emmanuel Adigio, said: “Pastor Umo Eno of
the PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared winner of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.”
The PDP won in 29 of 31 LGAs; the YPP won in two – Ikono and Ibiono Ibom.
YPP agent, Mr Kelvin Umoh, rejected the results, alleging widespread violence and intimidation that resulted in the killing of supporters.
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun won a second term with 276,298 votes.
He beat PDP’s Oladipupo Adebutu, who scored 262,383 votes; and Olubiyi Otegbeye of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), who polled 94,754 votes.
The RO/Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, said Abiodun satisfied the requirements of the law to be declared the winner.
There were 2,688,305 registered voters in the state, of which 666,506 were accredited.
The total valid votes were 645,133, while 18,835 votes were voided.
Abiodun commended the people for renewing his mandate for another term of four years.
He described his victory as heart-warming, and “further proof that no man can play God or stop what God has ordained”.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun said his reelection was a sign of good faith and a vote of confidence in his administration, promising that his second term would be better.
Thanking party leaders and supporters, he promised to be a participatory government with the hallmarks of transparency, accountability and fairness in its development agenda.
INEC declared Kwara State Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq the winner, with 273,424 votes.
The APC candidate defeated his rival, Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi, of the PDP, who scored 155,490 votes.
The RO, Prof Isaac Itodo, said Abdulrazaq satisfied the legal requirements to be returned elected.
APC’s Umar Namadi Danmodi was declared the winner of the Jigawa State governorship election.
The RO, Prof Muhammad Umar, said the APC candidate polled 618,449 votes to defeat his PDP counterpart, Dr Mustapha Sule Lamido, who got 368,726 votes.
NNPP’s Ibrahim Ringim polled 37,156 votes, while Labour Party (LP) got 965 votes.
The total number of registered voters was 2,351,298, while the votes cast were 1,052,793, of which 1,032,567 were valid and 20,226 invalid.
PDP’s agent, Aminu Dokajo, rejected the results.
He urged INEC to declare the election inconclusive over the massive cancellation of many units.
APC candidate and Yobe governor Mai Mala Buni won re-election after polling 317,113 votes.
He beat his closest opponent, PDP’s Sherif Abdullahi, who scored 124, 259 votes.
The RO and Vice-Chancellor, of Federal University Kashere in Gombe, Prof. Umaru Pate, said Buni “satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner of the election, and returned elected”.
NNPP candidate, Alhaji Garba Umar, came third with 14,246 votes, while the Action Alliance (AA) candidate, Arabi Mohammed, polled 3,260.
The total number of registered voters was 1,485,141, the total accredited voters were 459,492, the valid votes were 444,567, rejected votes were 13,214, while the votes cast stood at 457,781.
The NNPP candidate rejected the result, vowing to challenge it in court.
Umar accused the APC in Yobe of using COVID-19 palliatives to induce voters.
APC governorship candidate in Katsina State, Dr. Umar Dikko Radda, was declared the winner.
He polled 859,892 votes to defeat his closet rival, Senator Yakubu Lado Danmarke of the PDP, who scored 486, 620.
The RO and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, Prof Mua’zu Gusau, said the total registered voters were 3,316,719 while accredited voters were 1,399,291.
According to him, 1,38,647 votes were cast of which 1,365,848 were valid, while 20,579 were invalid.
Gombe State Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of the APC was re-elected for a second term after polling 342,821 votes.
He defeated Jibrin Barde of the PDP, who scored 233,131.
New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate Khamisu Mailantarki got 19,861.
The RO, Prof Memuna Waziri, said 21, 390 votes were rejected, adding that there were 605,355 valid votes of the 1,575,794 cast.
Yahaya promised to run an inclusive government.
“I’m ready to work with all stakeholders in running an all-inclusive government for the good of our people.
“I am, therefore, calling on all the contestants to come and support us in moving our state.
“This victory is not Inuwa Yahaya’s or APC’s victory alone, it is a victory for all citizens of Gombe State.
“The roads, hospitals, schools and other development projects and dividends of democracy we provided over the past four years and which we shall continue to provide are not for our supporters alone, but for all citizens of Gombe State irrespective of ethnic, religious or partisan affiliation.”
APC candidate Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto was declared the winner of the Sokoto State governorship election, with 453,661 votes.
A margin of 44,029 votes separated him from his opponent, PDP’s Sa’idu Umar Ubandoma, who scored 404,632.
Sokoto won 18 of 23 LGas.
The RO, Prof. Armaya’u Hamisu of the Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State, said the APC candidate satisfied the requirement of the law to be returned elected.