El Rufai sets to be declared winner in Kaduna
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to be declared winner of Kaduna state gubernatorial election.
Returning officer, Prof Mohammed Yahuza Bello has slated the announcement for 11:00am.
Meanwhile, from the results of the 23 local government areas of the state, collated at the INEC headquarters in Kaduna showed that, Governor El-Rufai won in 14 local government areas of Makarfi, Soba, Kudan, Ikara, Kauru, Kubau, Kaduna North, Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Sabongari, Lere, Kaduna South, Zaria and Igabi local government areas.
While the opposition candidate, Hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan of the People’s Democratic Party has won in nine local government areas Jaba, Kachia, Kaura, Kajuru, Zango Kataf, Sanga, Chikun and Jema’a local government areas.
The results per local government area, are as follow:
Buhari mourns two Nigerians in Ethiopian plane crash
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the death of two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Professor Pius Adesanmi in the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on Sunday.
Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed sadness over the crash that took the lives of Nigerians and other people on board.
He said “My thoughts are with the families and friends of these distinguished Nigerians and the other passengers and crew who lost their lives in the plane crash in Addis Ababa. May the Almighty Allah give them strength and fortitude to bear the loss.”
Adelabu congratulates Makinde, charges him on governance
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Adebayo Adelabu and his African Action Congress (AAC) counterpart, Mr Akinwale Laosun has congratulated the winner of the Saturday polls in Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The duo in their separate statements also congratulated the people of the state and thanked them for their support during the electioneering processes.
But while Laosun said he accepted the result of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Adelabu said his party (APC) is studying the incidents of violence and various reported cases of electoral malpractices to determine further course of action if necessary.
INEC on Sunday night declared PDP’s Makinde winner of the poll after scoring the highest number of votes in the election conducted.
Makinde scored 525,621 votes to beat Adelabu (APC) who scored 357, 982.
Laosun, speaking through his Campaign Office urged the Governor-elect to make sure he serves the people of Oyo State by bringing free education, youth employment, good and affordable health care to the residents.
He added that there is a need to improve the economy of the State and not plunge the state into further debt.He ended the address by praying for the governor elect that God will grant him wisdom and surround him with knowledgeable and selfless individuals who would work assiduously to improve the fortune of Oyo State residents.
Adelabu said “I am full of gratitude to God and to every single one of you for the journey so far. I offered myself up for service for the good of Oyo State. We ran a campaign that was issues based and was above board all through and I am quite proud of that.
“No life is worth being lost for any reason, I sincerely sympathize with the families of the bereaved, May their souls rest in Peace.
“While my party is studying the incidents of violence and various reported cases of electoral malpractices to determine further course of action if necessary, I congratulate Seyi Makinde of PDP.”
INEC suspends Nasarawa LG results in Kano
Results of 43 local council areas had been declared.
With the inconclusive results, the PDP candidate maintained strong lead with a difference of 6,608 votes.
Speaking to reporters at INEC collation centre about 4:00 am, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Riskuwa Shehu Arabu, suspension of the collation of the result of Nasarawa local government followed disturbing reports of electoral violence.
Professor Riskuwa noted that INEC could not continue with collation and final declaration of the result due to the commotion that obstructed the compilation of the results.
The INEC REC maintained that the process will be carried out with party agents to ensure transparency, leading to the regeneration of the Nasarawa local government results.
Arsenal Hands Solskjaer First League Defeat as Man Utd Boss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first Premier League defeat since being appointed Manchester United’s interim manager as Arsenal leapfrogged their opponents to move into the top four.
Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka beat David de Gea with a swerving shot from outside the penalty area, which the United keeper was expected to stop.
Romelu Lukaku hit the bar while the game was goalless, when it appeared easier to score, and Brazilian midfielder Fred struck a post for United.
Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno also produced two crucial saves to keep out Lukaku, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot after Fred’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette.
Soon after Arsenal’s second goal, a fan ran on to the pitch and shoved United defender Chris Smalling before being removed by stewards.
The Gunners have won seven out of 10 top-flight games in 2019 and are one point behind north London rivals Tottenham, who sit third in the table, with eight games remaining.
United, who started the weekend in fourth, drop to fifth in the race for a Champions League spot next season.
“Tottenham Hotspur, we’re coming for you” chants filled Emirates Stadium at the final whistle as Arsenal fans celebrated a crucial win.
Last weekend, Aubameyang left Wembley dejected after his last-minute penalty was saved by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris to deny Arsenal victory in the North London derby.
Against United, he stepped forward and beat De Gea from the spot to seal a first victory over United in six league and cup meetings.
It was awarded after Fred’s forearm nudged into Lacazette, sending the French forward tumbling inside the box.
Lacazette inspired one of Arsenal’s finest days under Unai Emery’s command.
The Gunners were sharp, lively and industrious as they made amends after United eliminated them from the FA Cup six weeks ago.
Emery named six players who started Thursday’s Europa League defeat by Rennes in his starting line-up, but there was little sign of fatigue as the hosts came flying out of traps.
They opened the scoring with their only shot on target in the first half, Xhaka deceiving De Gea with a shot that left the United keeper rooted to his line.
Leno was also key for Gunners.
The German did well to frustrate Lukaku as the Belgium forward threatened to go around and equalise, before denying the same player with an outstretched leg after half-time.
Arsenal have now played all their Champions League chasing rivals – a place in Europe’s most prestigious competition next season is very much in their own hands.
United have got used to winning under Solskjaer and it will be interesting to see how they respond to a first domestic setback under the Norwegian.
After their incredible midweek exploits against Paris St-Germain, they started slowly – although Lukaku will wonder how he did not score from United’s first serious attack.
The visitors paid the price when they conceded their earliest league goal under Solskjaer and, despite creating chances, were not clinical enough in the final third.
Paul Pogba was disappointing on his return to the side but he was by no means United’s only player who struggled to reach their recent heights.
This was only United’s second defeat in 18 league and cup games under Solskjaer.
A place in the top four remains in their sight, although they will need to produce an immediate reaction when they return to league action after the international break.
Arsenal will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit when they entertain Ligue 1 side Rennes in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday while United are in FA Cup quarter-final action next Saturday at Wolves.
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