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PDP Beats APC, Wins Kuje, Bwari, Abuja Municipal Council Area

The local elections held in the six Area Councils of Abuja were concluded Saturday evening.

The Area Councils are Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Kwali and Abuja Municipal (AMAC).

The election will lead to the emergence of six chairpersons – one for each area council – and 62 councillors.

Over 400 candidates and their running mates contested for these positions on the platforms of the 14 parties.

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 floors APC to win Kuje chairmanship election in Abuja

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)

APC- 1717

PDP-3671

Chibiri ( ward 02)

APC- 1,172

PDP–1,839

Gaube (ward 03)

APC – 1793

PDP -2,226

Kwaku ( ward 04)

PDP :1450

Kabi (ward 05)

APC- 271

PDP-433

Rubochi (ward 06)

APC – 1047

PDP – 1506

Gwargwada (ward 07)

APC- 365

PDP-583

Gudrun Karya ( ward 08)

APC -420

PDP -1032

Kujekwa (ward 09)

APC-76

PDP:106

Yenche ( ward 10)

APC:271

PDP:455

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

AAC 22

ADC 81

APC 11,125

APGA 106

APM 37

Labour 40

PDP 9,597

PRP 26

SDP 3

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.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that the Saturday elections were held across the 68 wards/constituencies spread across Bwari, Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Kwali and Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC) area councils of the FCT.

A total of 473 candidates sponsored by 14 political parties took part in the elections.

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

FCTDecides2022: 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.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that 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.

By securing AMAC, the PDP has now won in three of the four area councils  whose final results had been declared as of 11:55 a.m. on Sunday. The others won by the PDP are Kuje and Bwari. The APC has so far won in Gwagwalada Area Council.

Below are the final results of the 12 wards in AMAC Area Council.

AMAC CHAIRMANSHIP

WARD – NYANYA

APC -1,199
PDP – 1,861

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 3,301
REGISTERED VOTERS – 53,237

WARD – JIWA

APC -1,224
PDP – 1,429

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,831
REGISTERED VOTERS – 43,572

WARD – GUI

APC -834
PDP – 1,606

WARD – KARSHI

APC -1,477
PDP – 180

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 1,678
REGISTERED VOTERS – 13,943

WARD – GWAGWA

APC -1,158
PDP – 1,624

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,952
REGISTERED VOTERS – 39,960

WARD – OROZO

APC -335
PDP – 674

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 1,051
REGISTERED VOTERS – 30,417

WARD – CITY CENTER

APC -1,093
PDP – 1,137

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,360
REGISTERED VOTERS – 74,245

WARD – GARKI

APC -914
PDP – 2,983

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 4,385
REGISTERED VOTERS – 86,109

WARD – KARU

APC -863
PDP – 1,848

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 2,857
REGISTERED VOTERS – 59,485

WARD – GWARINPA

APC -2,086
PDP – 2,609

ACCREDITED VOTERS – 4,953
REGISTERED VOTERS – 99,384

WARD – WUSE

APC -933
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

TOTAL
APC – 13,240
PDP – 19,302

#FCTDecides2022: 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.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that the 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.

Ashara
APC – 632
PDP – 616

Kilankwa
APC – 635
PDP – 508

Kundu
APC – 286
PDP – 430

Yangoji
APC – 1234
PDP – 1163

Yebu.
APC – 536
PDP – 426

#FCTDecides2022: 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.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how local elections were held in Abaji and the other five area councils in Abuja on Saturday.

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 Controversy

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.

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