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General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, broke a jinx in the South-West in yesterday's presidential election as he won in many constituencies, leading to excitements among Lagosians.
Voters at Omole estate, Isheri Road, Ikeja, Lagos were jubilating when APC won landslide in all three elections - Presidency, Senate and the House of Representatives. The jubilant electorate were chanting - 'Buhari for Aso Rock; Jonathan for Otuoke' obviously satisfied with the outcome at the polls.
One Mrs Helen Oluwale said the Peoples Democratic Party had taken them for a ride but now, it's payback time. The voters, in their hundreds. stayed back up to 7:30pm when all results were counted and announced. The voters said they wanted change and they are prepared to take it at the ballot.
The elections, however, went by smoothly without fracas though it began a little late behind schedule. At Omole, Mr. Tony Uranta and Banky W, were among the voters.
At polling unit 028, at Omole Grammar School, APC polled 78 votes for president while PDP got 44 votes. At polling unit O29, APC polled 66 votes as against PDP's 24.
At polling unit 30, APC polled 41 votes while PDP got 21.
Foluke Daramola Salako, a popular Yoruba movies actor and producer, who also voted at Omole said it was a pleasant surprise to see middle and upper class people come out to vote. "Everybody came at about 8am and waiting till about 8pm. That tells me everyone is interested in the elections. Some want continuity and some want change. Everything was peaceful and very open. There wasn't any violence and it's impressive. This shows we can do peaceful elections and our destinies are in our hands," she said.
More than 2,000 people voted in Omole and APC won in all the polling units. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu delivered his Sunday Adigun polling unit Alausa, Ikeja to General Buhari. In the polling unit, General Buhari polled 180 votes, with Jonathan coming a distant second with 55 votes.
In Ogun State, at Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's polling unit ward 11, unit 22, Olusomi compound, Totoro in Abeokuta North Local Government, the APC presidential candidate got 100 votes, while Jonathan polled 29.
Furthermore in Osun State, some results of the presidential and National Assembly elections showed that the APC was in the lead in many polling units.
They include the following: Osogbo Ward 9 Unit 9: President: APC= 87. PDP=29; Senate APC=78 PDP=37; Rep APC=73 PDP=35. Olorunda Local Govt, Osun State: Ward 1 unit 12: President: APC=294 PDP=86: Senate: APC=288 PDP=94: Reps: APC=278 PDP=92. Ward 1 Unit 1: President APC 329 PDP 129; Senate APC 291 PDP 144; Reps APC 271 PDP 129. In Ward 5 unit 6; President 221 PDP 45; Senate APC 218 PDP 50; Reps APC 207 PDP 48. In Ward 2 unit 10: President APC 307 PDP 62; Senate APC 297 PDP 73; Rep APC 298 PDP 62. Ward 5 unit 6 - President APC 231 PDP 50; Senate APC 207 PDP 48; Reps APC 218 PDP 50 In Ede North, Ward 8 unit 4: President APC 112 PDP 43; Senate APC 101 PDP 39; Rep APC 92 PDP 53. Ward 8 Unit 3 - President APC 91 PDP 50; Senate APC 93 PDP 54; Reps APC 85 PDP 54. At Ward 05 Unit 1, Okerewe II, Ife East Local Government -Presidential APC=128. PDP=107 Ibadan North Local Government - Ward 1, Unit 5 House of Reps - APC 86; Accord 34; Labour Party 12; PDP 20;SDP 03, while in the Presidential - APC 117; PDP 36; Senate - APC 85; Labour Party 17; PDP 19; SDP 4; Accord 36.
Buhari won in Shekarau, Wali's wards
In Kano, General Buhari won in the polling units of the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, and that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali.
At Shekarau's polling unit 022, Buhari got 306 votes and Jonathan polled 17. It was the same at Wali's polling unit in Giginyu area of Nassarawa Local Government area, where Buhari swooped 198 votes, while Jonathan polled four votes.
Also at the two polling units, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who is contesting Kano Central Senatorial District, walloped Senator Bashir Garba Lado of the PDP, winning 306 votes against Lado's 38 votes. Kwankwaso also got 159 votes at Wali's unit, while Lado got 43. In other parts of the state where results were announced, Buhari trounced Jonathan with wide margins.
At Shehe polling unit, for instance, General Buhari polled 171, while Jonathan got 10 votes. In Gandun Albasa of Kano Municipal, polling unit 018, Buhari got 180, Jonathan six. Buhari also got 210 and Jonathan 17 at polling unit 17, in the same area.
At Wapa polling unit, Buhari got 204 votes and Jonathan got 10. The case was the same at Fagge 12 as Buhari got 114 and Jonathan got 3. Also, at unit polling unit 058 of Magwan Primary School, under Giginyu Ward 1, Nasarawa GRA Buhari got 266 while Jonathan got 10 votes. At polling unit 057 Buhari polled 208, Jonathan five. Similarly, at polling unit 056 Buhari got 310 and Jonathan got four.
Buhari wins Benue State Government House
In Benue, the APC presidential candidate polled 364 votes in the Makurdi Government House polling unit against Jonathan, who scored 201. At the Kwararafa quarters housing estate polling unit, also in the state capital of Makurdi, Buhari scored 459 against 53 votes of Jonathan. Also in Adikpo metropolis, polling unit 014 of Kwande LGA, the APC polled 108, with PDP having a total of 39.
The PDP presidential candidate was, however, leading in Eboya polling unit, Okpokwu Local Government area, with 285 votes against APC's Buhari who polled 30 votes. While in Green Garden 1 polling unit, Otukpo Local Government area, the PDP scored 156 and APC got 66. In Jos, President Jonathan recorded the highest number of votes at the polling unit of his party's governorship candidate, Sen. Gyang Pwajok. Jonathan got 122 to trounce Buhari who scored 79 votes, at unit 009, Osumeyi Street, Ali Kazaure ward in Jos North Local Government area of Plateau State.
For the Senate seat where Governor Jonah David Jang is contesting, the PDP scored 102 against the APC's 95 votes, while for Jos North/Bassa Federal constituency, the PDP scored 104 against the APC's 73.
Displaced persons, soldiers vote against Jonathan
In Borno State, thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and soldiers at various barracks in Maiduguri yesterday voted for the candidates of the APC. People from 16 out of the 27 local government areas of Borno State cast their votes in Maiduguri, where they are being camped since they were dislodged from their homes by the Boko Haram.
Camps visited by our correspondent where the IDPs cast their votes, include the Teacher's Village along Pompomari Estate, NYSC camp, Arabic Teachers College, Yerwa Government Girls College, Government College, Maiduguri, Bakkasi Housing Estate and Women Teachers College (WTC). At the polling unit number 017, where displaced Gwoza residents cast their votes, the APC scored 276 votes against the PDP, which scored 28 in the presidential election. The situation was the same at the Teacher's Village where APC variously scored 315 against PDP 41 and 297 against 33, in two separate polling stations.
At Government House polling unit 1 in Maiduguri, APC scored 218, while PDP got 28. Similarly, at polling unit O29, APC pulled 66 votes against PDP's 24. At polling unit 30, APC pulled 41 votes, while PDP clinched 21. In Kaduna, the APC won the presidential and National Assembly elections at polling unit 001, Unguwar Sarki (Ward 07). The APC scored 263 votes, while the PDP got 81 votes.
Meanwhile, people in about seven polling units in Unguwar Shanu could not vote because their PVCs were not given to them by INEC. In the senatorial election, the APC candidate scored 181 votes, PDP got 53 and Kowa two votes. In the House Representatives election, the APC candidate trashed the rest contestants as he won 178 votes and PDP got 53.
However, in Kafachan, Jonathan was taking the lead, having polled 125 votes in Kafanchan Ward A, while Buhari trailed behind with 97 votes. The PDP was equally the one leading in both the senatorial and House of Representatives elections, with 155 votes for the Senate against APC's 63 and 151 for the House of Representatives, against APC's 65 votes.
Source: Daily Trust