Sunday, 10 April 2011

NASS POLLS: ACN in early lead in Osun, Lagos, Edo •Leads in Abeokuta •Jolts PDP in Ibadan •PDP leads in Ogbomoso, Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun •LP leads in Ondo Central •Sporadic shooting at Ake collation centre

THE rescheduled National Assembly election took place all over the country on Saturday, except
in some senatorial districts and House of Representatives elections, which had earlier been announced postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The exercise, though said to be generally peaceful across the country was however marked with violence in the northern part of the country, which recorded three bomb blasts in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
In Lagos State, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was said to have recorded early lead in the elections.
As at 10 p.m. on Saturday, reports from our correspondents indicate that the ACN was in early leads in Ogun, Osun, Edo and Lagos states.
The People Democratic Party (PDP) was in also in early lead in Kwara State, while reports from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja revealed that the ruling PDP was neck to neck with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
In Oyo State, the ACN routed the PDPin Ibadan, while unofficial report had it that the PDP was comfortably in the lead in Ogbomosho, Oke Ogun and Ibarapa axis of the state.
In Owerri, the Imo State capital, five people believed to be PDP members, were reportedly killed in the house of a PDP chieftain by political thugs. One person was killed in Port Harcourt, while ballot boxes, with electoral materials were said to have been thrown into the river in Warri, Delta State by political thugs.
Reports indicated a stiff competition between the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and the Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) in Abuja, with the PDP winning with a margin.
The PDP had shot into the lead in Games Village and Gaduwa estates while the CPC won the House of Representatives seat in the election held in Apo Legislative quarters..
Reports from Kogi State indicated that Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West Senatorial District was in early lead as far as results collated on Saturday were concerned.
In Abia South, incumbent Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was clearly in the lead while the rival All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) fielding Nyerere Anyim was trailing.
In Ogun State, there were reports of sporadic gunshots at the collation centre in Ake, Abeokuta, last night.
Meanwhile, feelers from across the three senatorial districts in Ogun State on Saturday evening indicated that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), is leading in the National Assembly elections.
In what appears as a surprise, former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s, lost his Ward II, located within the premises of the African Church Grammar School, to ACN, which had 194 votes, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 85votes, while Peoples Party of Nigeria had 12 votes.
Obasanjo’s daughter, Iyabo, also failed to deliver her unit 15 polling unit to her party, as ACN won with 118votes, PDP 64 and PPN 5.
In Unit 18, Ward 11, in Agbeloba area of Abeokuta, ACN got 191 votes, PDP 36 votes and PPN 10.
At the unit where the governorship candidate of the ACN, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, voted, ACN had 259 votes, PDP 40 and PPN 9.
Reports from Ikenne-Remo had it that ACN in Ward 1 had 111votes, PPN 88, PDP 48. At Ward 2, ACN scored 1,137 votes, PDP got 559 and PPN – 546votes. From Yawa Ward, ACN scored 100 votes, PPN 29 votes and PDP 42 votes.
At Egunrege ward ACN had 88v otes, PPN – 38votes and PDP – 58votes while at Channel 1 Ward, ACN scored 149 votes, PPN had 37votes and the PDP got 69votes.
But the situation was not the same in all the polling units in Okun-Owa in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state as Labour party garnered the largest votes in the five voting centres in the town.
The ACN in Edo State appeared to have gone into an early lead in the National Assembly elections which took place on Saturday following the party’s strong showing in the results of some units and wards where votes had already been counted.
The results which had not been confirmed or authorized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that the ACN was in the lead at Edo North, the senatorial district of the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Besides, the ACN, which is the ruling party in Edo state, was also said to be ahead of its opponents in the elections in Edo South senatorial district, where the state capital and seat of government, Benin City, is located.
There were conflicting reports in Edo Central, the senatorial district of a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees and a national leader of the party, Chief Tony Anenih. Some reports indicated that the PDP was running neck-to-neck with the ACN while some other reports had it that the ACN had moved into a slight lead in the area.

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