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Dogara wins to return to House of Reps, End of road for Saraki

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The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has been declared the winner of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Dogara, representing the People’s Democratic Party, polled 73,609 votes to defeat his closest challenger, All Progressives Congress’s Dalhatu Kantana, who scored 50,078 results.

“I dedicate this victory to God first and our ever peace loving and resilient people of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency who defied all odds to return me to @HouseNGR for an unprecedented 4th term,” Dogara said on Sunday evening.

“By their uncommon courage, sacrifice and patience in the face of unwarranted provocation, threat & intimidation & attempts to subvert their will by undemocratic forces, theya have made history today in Nigeria by breaking a jinx that has plagued the @HouseNGR since 1st Assembly as no presiding officer (both Speaker & Deputy Speaker) has ever been re-elected to the House.

“Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa has also set a record as the first in Bauchi state to return a member to @HouseNGR for fourth consecutive term.”


End of road for Saraki as Oloriegbe wins

The acclaimed strong man of Kwara State politics and current Senate President Bukola Saraki has lost the Kwara Senatorial district election to the All Progressives Congress candidates, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe.
In the four local government areas that constitute the Kwara Central Senatorial district, APC polled a total of 123, 808 votes while the Peoples Democratic Party polled 68, 994.
This partially brings down the political hegemony of Saraki which the opposition party has desperately desired to deflate.
The APC mantra of O to ge [meaning Enough is enough] has really become manifested but partially, for the battle of the soul of the state would be more pronounced at the governorship contest a couple of weeks ahead.

This is the first time the Sarakis would be losing an election in the heart of Kwara in decades, as his father, Dr Olusola Saraki, dominated the political space in the state before his demise, handing over the structure to Bukola, the most politically vibrant among his children.

The O to ge slogan implies rejection of Saraki’s political leadership, which the opposition had said brought nothing but poverty, tokenism, underdevelopment and gross infrastructural deficits into the state.
The breakdown of the results in the four local government shows that in Asa local government area, APC polled 15,932 while PDP polled 11, 252.
In Ilorin East, APC polled 30,014 while PDP polled 14, 654.
In Ilorin South, APC polled 26,331 while PDP got 13,013.
In Ilorin West, the stronghold of Saraki dynasty, APC polled 51,531 but PDP polled 30,075.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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