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Leadership: Elected governors, HoA members to receive Certificates of Return from March 29 –INEC

Sone of the Newly Elected State Governors Photo: Channels TV

*The Independent National Electoral Commission announces the presentation of Certificates of Return to Governors, Deputy Governors-Elect and State Houses of Assembly (HoA) members-elect hold in their respective state offices of INEC

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed it will issue the Commission’s Certificates of Return to newly elected State Governors-elect, Deputy Governors-elect and State Houses of Assembly members-elect from Wednesday, March 29, 2023 to Friday, March 31.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC, who said this in a statement issued at the weekend, noted by the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a Certificate of Return, within 14 days, to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

Okoye stated: “Pursuant to the above provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March, 2023 for the issuance of Certificates of Return to Governors and Deputy Governors-elect as well as State Assembly members-elect.

“The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each State of the Federation.”

The national electoral umpire also said: “Specific dates for the issuance of the certificates shall be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various States.”

At the last count, it is noted that the results of 26 of the 28 governorship elections have been announced.

From the whole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 15 states, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in nine, Labour Party (LP) in one while the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) won Kano.

The elections in Kebbi and Adamawa were declared inconclusive, according to INEC.

In all, the ruling APC won in 15 states, including seven re-elected governors.

These include Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Mai Mala Muni (Yobe), Engr. Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa) and Prof. Babagana Zulum (Borno).

The party also secured wins for eight new candidates: Umar Namadi (Jigawa), Ahmed Aliyu (Sokoto), Dikko Radda (Katsina), Uba Sani (Kaduna), Bassey Otu (Cross River), Mohammed Bago (Niger), Hyacinth Alia (Benue), and Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi).

The PDP as well secured nine victories, including two reelected governors: Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi).

Seven first-term governors were also elected on the platform of the opposition party.

They are Peter Mbah (Enugu), Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom), Siminialayi Fubara (Rivers), Kefas Agbu (Taraba), Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau), and Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta).

In a historic win, PDP’s Dauda Lawal unseated Zamfara State Governor and APC powerbroker in Zamfara, Bello Matawalle.

Abba Kabir of the NNPP unseated the APC in Kano State, while LP’s Alex Otti won Abia, which hitherto has been a PDP state in the last couple of years.

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