Battle for States: PDP rebounces, gets 14 states, eyes Zamfara, Osun

WITH the declaration of Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the Adamawa State governorship election, the opposition party has won more states than it did in 2015.

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the PDP had 11 governors. The number will rise to at least 14 on May 29, 2019 when new governors and those re-elected are sworn-in. If the Appeal Court and Supreme Court concur with the decisions of the tribunal and lower courts on Zamfara and Osun, and the suspended Rivers governorship election goes in its favour, the PDP will have 17 governors at the end of the day. Currently, the PDP is the only party that produced governors in the six geo-political zones of the country.

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Conversely, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which had 23 governors before the 2019 polls now has 21, which may further go down to 19 depending on what happens on the Osun and Zamfara suits.

Fintiri unseated Governor Jubrilla Bindow, who is the APC candidate in the Adamawa governorship election, which was concluded late Thursday night. With Fintiri’s victory, Bindow is the second sitting governor that lost out in this election. The first is Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara.

Fintiri was speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly and later acting governor when Admiral Murtala Nyako was impeached. His victory is coming as a Yola high court dismissed a suit seeking to cancel the Adamawa state governorship election. The suit was brought by Eric Theman, candidate of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy, MRDD. Theman had dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to the court for omitting his party’s logo on the ballot papers. He asked the court to order the cancellation of the election and direct that a fresh poll be held. But at its sitting on Friday, the judge, Abdulazeez Waziri, dismissed Theman’s suit for “lack of evidence”. He said the applicant failed to provide any evidence to back his claim that his party’s logo was omitted.

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