• As PDP floors APC in AMAC, Bwari, Kuje
• APC wins Abaji but no candidate can be declared winner – INEC
Daily Courier – The local elections held in the six Area Councils of Abuja, 62 councillorship wards involving over 473 candidates among 14 parties were concluded Saturday evening.
The Area Councils are Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Kwali and Abuja Municipal (AMAC).
The results from the 62 wards in the Nigerian capital have now been collated and the final results announced, by INEC, for each of the six chairmanship positions.
See the final results below.
PDP wins APC in Kuje chairmanship election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Suleman Sabo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the February 12 Kuje Area Council chairmanship election in the Federal Capital Territory.
Mr Sabo, the council’s incumbent chairman who will now serve his second term in office, defeated the other five candidates in each of the 10 wards in the area council.
He gathered a total of 13,301 votes to defeat his closest rival, Sarki Hamidu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who secured 7,694 votes to emerge second.
By this, the PDP candidate defeated the APC with a total margin of 5,607 votes.
Sule Magaji, the INEC Returning Officer for the Kuje Area Council election, announced the final results on Sunday morning.
Results of wards officially announced:
Kuje Central (ward 01)
Chibiri ( ward 02)
Gaube (ward 03)
APC – 1793
Kwaku ( ward 04)
Kabi (ward 05)
Rubochi (ward 06)
APC – 1047
PDP – 1506
Gwargwada (ward 07)
Gudrun Karya ( ward 08)
Kujekwa (ward 09)
Yenche ( ward 10)
APC wins Gwagwalada
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jubrin Abubakar, has been declared as the Chairman-elect of Gwagwalada Area Council at the Saturday Council elections.
Mr Abubakar, a former chairman of the council, defeated his opponent, Mohammed Kassim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Abubakar polled 11,125 votes and was declared by the INEC Returning Officer, ID Umar as the winner of the keenly contested election.
Mr Kassim of the PDP polled 9,597 votes.
Chairman (Gwagwalada) Total
Total Valid Votes 21,037
Rejected Votes 739
Total Votes Cast 21,776
PDP wins Bwari Area Council
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, John Gabaya, as the Chairman-elect of Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Gabaya, who was re-elected for a second two-year term, defeated his closest rival, Audi Shekwolo of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr Gabaya scored 13,045 votes, while Mr Shekwolo had 7,697 votes, according to the INEC Returning Officer, Amochi Madu, who announced the result on Sunday morning.
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Abubakar Abdullahi, polled 603 votes to come a distant third position.
See the official result declared for Bwari below.
Chairman Bwari Area Council Result
Total valid vote 21,990
Total Rejected voted 456
Total Vote cast 22,646
Total number of Registered votes 23,1215
Total number of Accredited voters 22,706
PDP floors APC to win AMAC chairmanship election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the just concluded chairmanship election for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Christopher Zakka (Maikalangu) of the PDP defeated his closest rival, Murtala Karshi (Yamarayi) of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and 10 others, to win the election.
Mr Zakka polled 19,302 votes while Mr Karshi secured 13,249 votes.
AMAC, arguably the most cosmopolitan of the six area councils in Abuja, has 12 wards and includes the city centre of the Nigerian capital.’
The PDP won in 10 wards while the APC won in only two.
The results for AMAC were officially declared by the INEC Returning Officer, Sani Saka.
Below are the final results of the 12 wards in AMAC Area Council.
WARD – NYANYA
PDP – 1,861
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 3,301
REGISTERED VOTERS – 53,237
WARD – JIWA
PDP – 1,429
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,831
REGISTERED VOTERS – 43,572
WARD – GUI
PDP – 1,606
WARD – KARSHI
PDP – 180
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 1,678
REGISTERED VOTERS – 13,943
WARD – GWAGWA
PDP – 1,624
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,952
REGISTERED VOTERS – 39,960
WARD – OROZO
PDP – 674
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 1,051
REGISTERED VOTERS – 30,417
WARD – CITY CENTER
PDP – 1,137
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,360
REGISTERED VOTERS – 74,245
WARD – GARKI
PDP – 2,983
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 4,385
REGISTERED VOTERS – 86,109
WARD – KARU
PDP – 1,848
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,857
REGISTERED VOTERS – 59,485
WARD – GWARINPA
PDP – 2,609
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 4,953
REGISTERED VOTERS – 99,384
WARD – WUSE
PDP – 857
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 1,897
REGISTERED VOTERS – 88,070
WARD – KABUSA
APC – 1,124
PDP – 2,494
ACCREDITED VOTERS – 4,154
REGISTERED VOTERS – 71,448
APC – 13,240
PDP – 19,302
APC wins in Kwali
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Kwali Area Council chairmanship election in the Federal Capital Territory.
Danladi Chiya of the APC defeated his closest rival, Haruna Pai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to win the keenly contested election.
The INEC Returning Officer for Kwali Area Council, Wesley Daniel, who made the announcement, said Mr Chiya polled 7,646 votes while Mr Pai garnered 7,345 votes, a difference of 301 votes.
Mr Chiya, the council’s incumbent chairman, will now serve his second term in office.
APC candidate won in nine of the ten wards in the area council.
He had earlier promised to continue with his mandate of infrastructural development in the area council.
With the announcement, the APC has now won in two of the announced five area councils in Abuja, after winning the election in Gwagwalada. The PDP has won in AMAC, Bwari and Kuje.
See the results of some of the wards in Kwali below.
APC – 632
PDP – 616
APC – 635
PDP – 508
APC – 286
PDP – 430
APC – 1234
PDP – 1163
APC – 536
PDP – 426
APC wins Abaji but no candidate can be declared winner – INEC
The electoral commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the chairmanship election in Abaji Area Council of Abuja.
However, due to a legal tussle over who the authentic candidate of the APC is, none of the party’s aspirants will be declared winner of the election, INEC said.
The APC had earlier won the chairmanship election in Gwagwalada and Kwali area councils while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in AMAC, Bwari and Kuje.
The victory for the APC in Abaji makes it three apiece for Nigeria’s two major parties although a total of 14 parties took part in the area council elections.
The Abaji debacle for APC
On Sunday, the INEC Returning Officer for Abaji Area Council, Gabriel Mordi, said it will not be legitimate to declare any of the APC aspirants as the winner of the election.
“We cannot declare a candidate winner in Abaji because the winning party does not have a candidate here, the case is still in court,” he said.
He said a winner will be announced after the Supreme Court decision in the coming weeks.
In the election, the APC scored 7,280 votes to defeat Hahaha Garba of the PDP, who polled 4,063 votes.
A total of 11,522 voters were accredited in the local government for the poll. Out of these, 11,390 were counted as valid votes while 107 were rejected votes.
The APC intractable crisis
An APC aspirant, Muhammad Loko, had been declared the winner of the April 23, 2021, chairmanship primary in the area
His name was controversially substituted by the APC with that of Umar Abdullahi who was later recognised by INEC as the party’s flag bearer until recently.
Dissatisfied with this, Mr Loko approached an FCT High Court in Gudu district. The court on November 16, 2021, ruled in his favour and sacked Mr Abdullahi.
The latter appealed the ruling. However, the appeal court in January affirmed Mr Loko as the APC chairmanship candidate for the February 12 poll in Abaji.
Mr Abdullahi appealed to the Supreme Court whose ruling on the matter is now being awaited. It is based on this that INEC refused to declare any of the candidates the winner despite the APC’s victory.