BY Tunde Niyi-Akinmade
The deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has won his fifth consecutive term in the Senate as he was declared the winner of his Enugu West Senatorial District. This was coming as the governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, lost his bid for the Senate seat of Gombe North Senatorial District. He lost to the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Sa’idu Alkali, in Saturday’s National Assembly election.
Also the Senator representing Oyo North and the candidate of APC in the Saturday’s National Assembly election, Abdulfatai Buhari, has been declared the winner of the election that took place on Saturday.
Mr Buhari, a former commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters and the chairman, Senate committee for ICT and Cybercrime was elected for the second term in the red chamber. His re-election makes him the first Senator to win election twice in Oyo North Senatorial District.
Buhari scored a total of 107, 703 votes to defeat his close rival Mulikat Akande Adeola of PDP who scored 89, 365 votes.
Mrs Adeola is a former House of Representatives leader.
Mr Aileru, while announcing the result, said “Senator Buhari, having polled the highest vote in the election, is hereby re-elected as the Senator representing Oyo North”.
Ekweremadu’s district has five local governments’ areas of Oji River, Aninri, Ezeagu, Awgu, and Udi. Ekweremadu polled 86,088 ahead of his closest rival, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwaugwu of the APC who polled 15,187. APGA scored 6,881, ADC polled 838; UPP scored 202 with MMPN scoring 127.
In the Gombe senatorial contest, Dankwambo polled 88016 votes losing to Alkali, who polled 152,546 votes.
Other winners in Gombe include the APC’s House of Representative candidate, Yaya Tongo, who won the Kwami, Funakaye and Gombe federal constituency. The Nafada/Dukku federal constituency was also won by Aishatu Dukku of the APC.
The APC also swept all the National Assembly seats in Gombe South Senatorial district and Yamaltu/Debate federal Constituency.