Nigeria’s opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) seems to be making big gains in the country’s recently keenly-fought governorship polls, with at least nine of the 14 states so far declared going to its candidates.
In the southwestern Ogun state, incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun of the APC got 306,988 against 201,440 for Adegboyega Nasir Isiaka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), according to official results by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In Oyo state, also in the southwest, APC’s incumbent Abiola Ajimobi was declared the winner with 327,310 votes against 254,520 for his closest rival Rasheed Ladoja of the Accord Party.
Ajimobi has become the first ever democratically elected governor to win two terms since Oyo’s creation in 1976.
APC’s Aminu Tambuwal, who is the current House of Representatives Speaker, has won northwestern Sokoto State with 647,609 votes against 269,074 for PDP’s Senator Abdallah Wali.
The state is currently governed by Aliyu Magatakarda Aliyu, who defected from PDP to the APC last year.
The APC’s Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe has also been reelected, polling 346,016 votes against 182,495 for the PDP candidate.
Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC has also been declared winner in Lagos State, racking up 811,994 to beat PDPs Jimi Agbaje who got 659,788.
Lagos has always been held by the opposition since 1999.
The APC, of president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, seemed to be making inroads in states earlier held by the PDP, which had governed Nigeria since 1990.
APC candidate Mohammed Abubakar won the northeastern Bauchi State, currently being governed by the PDP, with 654,934 votes against only 282,650 for PDP’s Auwal Jatau.
Aminu Bello Masari, the APC’s candidate, was also declared the winner of the election in northwest Katsina, currently being held by the PDP, with 943,085 votes.
APC has also won in the high-stake Kaduna state with its candidate Nasir El-Rufai polling 1,117,635 votes against 485,833 for incumbent Governor Ramalan Yero of the PDP.
In northwestern Kano, APC’s Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje won the state with 1,040,612 votes as against 317,383 for the PDP’s candidate.
Kano is currently being held by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who defected from PDP to the APC last year.
The APC party is also leading with huge votes across many other states like Kwara, Niger and Benue in the north central; Borno in the northeast; Imo in the southeast; and Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa in the northwest.
Forecasts predict a win for APC in at least 18 of the 29 states where governorship election was held – thanks in part to what is called the Buhari effect.
Buhari, the APC’s candidate, won the March 28 presidential race after defeating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP.
The PDP, meanwhile, has been declared victorious in five states so far.
PDP’s Emmanuel Udom won the south south Akwa Ibom State with 996,091 votes against 89,865 for his APC rival Umana Okon Umana.
The state is currently ruled by Godswill Akpabio, also of the PDP.
Incumbent northeastern Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of the PDP won with 285,369 votes against 205,132 for APC’s Inuwa Yahaya.
The PDP also retained the southeastern Ebonyi State with its candidate Dave Umahi polling 289,867 votes to beat his closest rival Edward Nkegwu of the Labour Party who got 124, 817 votes.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the PDP won in southeastern Enugu State, polling 482,277 votes to beat APC’s Okey Ezea who only got 43,839 votes.
Darius Ishaku has, meanwhile, retained Taraba State for the PDP with 310,805 votes against 261,326 for the APC’s Jummai Alhassan, a woman.
PDP is expected to win in south south Delta, Cross River and Rivers states.