JONATHAN IS NIGERIA PRESIDENT


President Goodluck Jonathan looks set to emerge victorious in the presidential election held last Saturday. Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has garnered more votes than his rivals, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) who placed second and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate who ranked third and fourth respectively as at press time.

The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who is the returning officer for the presidential election, is expected to announce Jonathan as winner of the election today.

Results from 29 states have officially been confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Abuja as at press time, while the state collating officers had announced the results at the National Democratic Institute in Abuja, serving as the national collating centre.

Only the results from Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Yobe, Gombe, Jigawa and Kebbi states. An analysis of the results released so far indicates that President Jonathan has won in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The CPC candidate, General Buhari who is trailing President Jonathan has won in seven states, while Mallam Ribadu who is third has won in only one state. Mallam Shekarau of the ANPP currently in the fourth position has yet to win any state.

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Elections Results 2011


WINNERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SEATS

Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo
PDP
EnuguNorth/South Kingsley

Ebenyi
PDP
EnuguEast/Isiuzo

Hon. Patrick Asadu
PDP
Nsukka/Igboeze South

Tobias Okechukwu
PDP
Awgu/Aninri/Oji River

Hon. Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi
PDP
Udi/Ezeagu

Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
PDP
Igboeze North/Udenu

Hon. Peace Nnaji
PDP
Nkanu East/West

Mrs. Stella Ngwu
PDP
Uzo-Uwani/Igbo-Etiti

Lagos Federal Constituencies

Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency
ACN
42, 060

PDP
16, 270

SDMP
576

NCP
321

Lagos Island Federal Constituency I
ACN
17,803

PDP
6,244

SDMP
60

ANPP
185

Lagos Island Federal Constituency II
ACN
22,254

PDP
6,946

SDMP
118

DFPF
423

ANPP
185

Federal Constituencies

Eti-Osa Federal Constituency
ACN
32, 473

PDP
16, 219

SDMP
1,125

NCP
442

Ikeja Federal Constituency
ACN
32, 757

PDP
15,152

CPC
3,562

LP
1,299

ANPP
1,049

Kosofe Federal Constituency
ACN
63,070

PDP
18,744

Senatorial Election Results

Rivers State

Rivers South East Senatorial District

PDP
154,218

ACN
58,182

APGA
13,605

Winner – Magnus Abe of PDP

Rivers East Senatorial District

PDP
154,218

ACN
34,978

APGA
3,679

Winner – George Sekibo of PDP

Kaduna State

Kaduna North Senatorial District

CPC
103,094

PDP
30,604

Winner – Usman Bawa of CPC

Kaduna South Senatorial District

PDP
428,992

CPC
73,830

ACN
70,488

Winner – Nenadi Usman of PDP

Delta State

Delta North Senatorial District

PDP
98,204

DPP
67,548

Winner – Ifeanyi Okowa of PDP

Nasarawa State

Nasarawa North Senatorial District

CPC
62,815

PDP
31,602

Winner – Solomon Ewuga of CPC

Nasarawa South Senatorial District

PDP
108,844

CPC
103,320

Winner – Solomon Adokwe of PDP

Kogi State

Kogi Central Senatorial District

PDP
68,167

ANPP
26,959

ACN
4,051

Winner – Nurudeen Usman of PDP

Kogi West
PDP
84,511

CPC
35,281

ANPP
6,483

ACN
5,817

LP
582

APGA
455

Winner – Senator Smart Adeyemi of PDP

Ondo State

Ondo South Senatorial District

LP
88,319

PDP
80,319

Winner – Boluwaji Kunlere of LP

Ondo North
LP
84,290

PDP
51,112

Winner – Prof.Ajayi Borrofice of LP

Ondo Central
LP
113,292

PDP
41,783

Winner – Dr. Ayo Akinyelure of LP

Edo State

Edo Central Senatorial District

PDP
61,983

ACN
49,385

Winner – Odion Ugbesia of PDP

Lagos State

Lagos West Senatorial District

ACN
503,786

PDP
234,679

CPC
40,711

APGA
13,305

ANPP
9,011

ALP
5,198

SDMP
2,631

NPPP
1,525

DFPF
1,478

Winner – Senator Ganiyu Solomon of ACN

Lagos Central Senatorial District
ACN
202,506

PDP
75, 982

APGA
9, 302

SDMP
3, 499

NCP
3,073

Winner- Mrs. Remi Tinubu of ACN

Lagos East
ACN
222, 429

PDP
83, 133

SDMP
10, 100

CPC
7, 776

ANPP
2, 183

Winner – Gbenga Ashafa of ACN

Benue State

Benue South
PDP
147,923

ACN
79,433

Winner – Senator David Mark of PDP

Benue North Senatorial District

PDP
229,682

ACN
143,978

CPC
4,971

MPPP
571

LP
352

Winner – Barnabas Gemade of PDP

Oyo State

Oyo Central
ACN
105,975

AP
92,544

PDP
78,643

Winner – Hon. Ayo Adeseun of ACN

Oyo South
ACN
127,621

AP
118,256

PDP
92,359

Winner – Femi Lanlehin of ACN

Enugu State

Enugu East
PDP
67,330

PDC
32,005

APGA
8,175

LP
4,439

ACN
3,621

CPC
730

ANPP
525

Winner – Hon.Gilbert Nnaji of PDP

Enugu North
PDP
86,220

LP
27,139

PDC
25,731

ACN
3,099

Winner – Senator Ayogu Eze of PDP

Enugu West
PDP
112,806

PDC
7,522

LP
5,175

APGA
3,591

ACN
1,325

Winner – Senator Ike Ekweremadu of PDP

Imo State

Imo West
PDP
95,816

ACN
63,755

APGA
54,432

Winner – Senator Osita Izunaso of PDP

Imo South
PDP
60,449

ACN
47,258

APGA
2,782

APN
1,568

ANPP
1,125

Winner – Matthew Nwagwu of PDP

Gombe State

Gombe Central
PDP
84,347

ANPP
50,080

CPC
40,145

LP
1,462

Winner – Danjuma Goje of PDP

Osun State

Osun East
ACN
119,852

PDP
51,315

Winner – Hon. Babajide Omoworare of ACN

Osun West
ACN
121,971

PDP
49,001

AP
7,789

Winner – Prof. Sola Adeyeye of ACN

Ogun State

Ogun Central
ACN
102,389

PDP
56,312

PPN
27,182

Winner – Gbenga Obadara of ACN

Ogun East
ACN
72,543

PDP
52,613

PPN
46,148

Winner – Gbenga Kaka of ACN

Ogun West
ACN
61,362

PDP
59,949

PPN
45,246

Winner – Akin Odunsi of ACN

Cross River State

Cross River North Senatorial District

PDP
91,123

ACN
11,056

ANPP
7,393

DFPF
1,721

Winner – Prof. Benedict Ayade of PDP

Niger State

Niger East Senatorial District

CPC
131,872

PDP
83,773

ACN
21,621

Winner – Ibrahim Musa of CPC

Sokoto

Sokoto East Senatorial District

PDP
138,397

CPC
57,643

DPP
41,113

ACN
38,947

Winner – Dr. Ibrahim Gobir of PDP

Sokoto South Senatorial District

PDP
112,585

CPC
36,682

DPP
32,029

ACN
19,3987

Winner – Dr. Ibrahim Gobir of PDP

NIGERI:Jonathan Leads with 60%, PDP May Lose Five States


By Imam Imam
President Goodluck Jonathan
The latest poll conducted by THISDAY/Ipsos ahead of the 2011 general election indicates that President Goodluck Jonathan may secure 60.3 per cent of popular votes in the presidential election. However, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may lose the governorship polls in five states.
In the poll conducted in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between February 25 and March 16, 2011, 60.3 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Jonathan in the presidential election, while his closest rival, Major General Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) scored 22.4 per cent.
Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the flag bearer of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), scored 5.9 per cent, while the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, scored 4.7 per cent. Shekarau was generally acclaimed to have won the presidential debate last week but this poll had been conducted before then.
Buhari has a clear lead among polled samples in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa and Bauchi and further holds narrow leads in Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Borno and Gombe.
Jonathan leads in all Southern states with the exception of Ekiti, where Ribadu has a 54-per-cent score, and Osun, which is considered too close to call, even though Jonathan leads. Ribadu and Shekarau had a strong showing in the state, thereby making it difficult to call for Jonathan.
A noticeable trend is the likelihood that PDP may win governorship in a state and lose presidential in the same state – or vice versa.
In Lagos, for instance, over 80 per cent of the polled voters said they would vote for Jonathan (PDP presidential), while 92 per cent said they would vote for Babatunde Fashola (ACN) in the governorship election.
It is even more common in some Northern states where PDP could win governorship and lose presidential in Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara.
Also, PDP is in danger of losing the governorship elections in four of the states it currently controls – Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue and Imo.
In Bauchi, the CPC candidate, Yusuf Maitama Tugar, was rated the highest by respondents. He scored 55 per cent, leaving the incumbent Malam Isa Yuguda of the PDP with 34 per cent; the ANPP flag bearer Nazeef Gamawa with 6 per cent; and ACN candidate Baba Tela with 4 per cent.
In the president’s home state of Bayelsa, former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and former presidential adviser on amnesty, Mr. Timi Alaibe, led with 56 per cent among the polled potential voters, while the incumbent Chief Timipre Sylva scored 44 per cent. Alaibe is of the Labour Party (LP), while Sylva is flying the flag of PDP.
A similar scenario is playing out in Benue State where the PDP governor, Hon. Gabriel Suswam, is trailing the ACN candidate, Professor Steve Ugbah. Suswam has 19 per cent, while his rival has 72 per cent.
Imo is also endangered for the ruling party as Governor Ikedi Ohakim trails Chief Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The state is considered too close to call because even though Okorocha polled 34 per cent in the survey, 41 per cent of the voters are still undecided. Ohakim has 14 per cent, while ACN’s Ifeanyi Araraume has 12 per cent.
In Kebbi, the PDP ranks third, meaning Governor Saidu Dakingari could lose his position to either ACN’s Kabir Turaki, who scored 44 per cent, or CPC’s Abubakar Shettima who scored 41 per cent. The state is still too close to call.
The battle ground states for governorship, according to the survey, are Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Borno, Oyo and Delta.
But the PDP remains competitive in Zamfara, where Governor Aliyu Shinkafi leads the pack by 43 per cent, closely pursued by ANPP’s Abdulazeez Yari with 37 per cent.
The PDP is also competitive in Oyo and Kaduna, where it holds narrow margins. In Borno, the poll favours the ruling party. It is too close to call in Delta but the ruling party is very competitive there.
The 62 per cent figure for the PDP in Ogun State is recorded in favour of Tunji Olurin, although it remains to be seen if this would change because both Olurin and Gboyega Isiaka were laying claim to the party’s ticket for a prolonged period.
Ipsos is one of the leading pollster companies in the world with more than 30 years of experience researching political attitudes.
It has the most long-term and comprehensive set of polling data of all polling agencies in the world.
Speaking to THISDAY yesterday on the latest polling results, the CEO for Sub-Saharan Africa, David Somers, said: “We initially designed a very large sample to cover the entire country. It’s a sample of 11,000 approximately of what we did in every state that will allow us to have estimate per state and in general. We conducted face to face interviews and as we talk to people in local dialects and personally on the ground, we asked people a series of questions about how they feel about life and about things in general and about things they want from their politicians. And ultimately for whom they will vote for whether at the presidential level or at the gubernatorial level. It’s honestly a traditional poll which we do all over the world.
“So the way we arrived at figures was to go to all the states, interview the people within those states and then aggregate all the data from the states up to a national level. We rate data accordingly so that each state will be represented correctly within the total national figure by the census and also by the voter registration. So we used as a waiting measure plus some other factors which we discovered while we went into this and that is how we got the national figures

Bianca: An appointment laced with controversy


The recent appointment of a former beauty queen, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, as an aide of President Goodluck Jonathan, has attracted diverse opinions. But EMMANUEL OBE writes that it might be the fillip Bianca needs to launch herself into the nation’s political firmament

 

These might not be the best of times for Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, a former beauty queen and reigning ‘queen’ of the former leader of the defunct secessionist Biafra, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, who is lying critically ill at a London hospital.

Controversy has returned to her path since January 26, 2011 when the Presidency announced her appointment as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs. It is like a sweet, but bitter story.

Bianca is not entirely new to controversy, In 1989, she lost her Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and Miss Intercontinental crowns in circumstances that were not only controversial, but mysterious.

It had appeared to be the first time that a beauty queen had been dethroned in the country, with her crowns then offered to her first runner-up, Regina Askia.

Just as that controversy was stoking, her romantic affair with Ojukwu (a man 34 years her senior), burst into the open. In spite of the heat and rolling over that the issue generated, Bianca maintained a dignified quietude, and never offered a word.

She had since then withdrawn from public glare, appearing occasionally at public functions with her husband, who is an inescapable public figure and a crowd puller.

Bianca’s recent appointment was not the only one announced on January 26, 2011 by Ima Niboro, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Kingsley Kuku got the job of Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs; Dr. Zakari Ibrahim was appointed Coordinator of Anti-Terrorism; and Oyewole Leke was appointed as a Senior Special Assistant on Maritime.

While others received the news of their new jobs and went home to celebrate in peace, Bianca was thrown into the fiery furnace of Nigeria’s public commentary.

As expected, the reactions have been varied. Even the ranks of the separatist group, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, have been divided on the issue.

While some people have asked Mrs. Ojukwu to reject the appointment for its “poor timing and hidden political motives,” others have hailed the appointment and have asked her to accept it as a welcome gesture.

But the madam, who took a break the penultimate week from taking care of her sick husband and returned to Nigeria to accept the offer and represent her husband at the national convention of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Awka, has rather remained quiet on the raging controversy.

Rave reviews of Mrs. Ojukwu’s appointment have dominated the media space for some time now, with most of the commentaries coming from the South-East zone, where Ojukwu is from. A lot of political meat is being made out of the issue.

Mr. Alex Okeke, a politician from Abagana in Anambra State, said he considered the appointment as a masterstroke by President Jonathan, which would attract political reciprocity from the people of the South-East.

Mr. Anunoby Ogugua tried to bring out the simplicity in the entire controversy. “The appointment of Mrs. Ojukwu at a time the husband is hospitalised in a hospital in London is aimed at gaining political capital for Mr. Jonathan in the South-Eastern region, where Chief Odumegwu-Ojukwu is widely respected,” he said.

Miss Ijeoma Onuora, a journalist and youth leader based in Awka said Bianca’s appointment did not only belittle her, but the entire people of Anambra State. She said, “Why can’t the President appoint her as a minister, even a junior minister, considering that Anambra has lost a ministerial slot with the exit of the former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili?”

But Awojobi Olakunle, a public commentator from the South-West, brought in another dimension to it. He said the appointment was coming at a wrong time, as Bianca was supposed to be at her husband’s bedside to attend to his needs. “A shameful appointment,” he lashed out, “when she’s expected to be at her husband’s bed side praying for his recovery.”

Officially, MASSOB has endorsed the appointment, even though some individual members have kicked against it, saying Bianca ought not to have accepted a job offered a Biafran by a Nigerian government.

MASSOB’s Director of Information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, said, “MASSOB welcomes the appointment of (our Lolo Bianca) Ojukwu into President Jonathan’s cabinet as a good development. We advise that she takes it.”

Madu said that in any case, MASSOB, like any other body, had no right to dictate to Mrs. Ojukwu on whether she should accept the offer or not.

Mr. Chizoba Okoyeugha, a lawyer to MASSOB, feels that Mrs. Ojukwu is eminently qualified for the job based on her education and exposure as an international beauty queen.

He said though he believed that Mr. President had a good intention when he appointed Mrs. Ojukwu to the post, the President would be making a mistake if he appointed her to represent the Igbo people because he did not consult the people before making the appointment.

He said if Jonathan offered the appointment to lobby the people, he was entitled to it, “because lobbying is an essential part of democracy.”

But the government of Anambra State and the leadership of APGA have refused to be joined in the ongoing controversy surrounding the appointment of Mrs. Ojukwu by Jonathan. They will not even want to talk about it.

One of the hottest critics of the appointment of Mrs. Ojukwu is Mr. Uche Ezechukwu, who, in his column in a national newspaper, listed the appointment as one of the goofs of Governor Peter Obi and the leadership of APGA, who negotiated it.

He upbraided Mrs. Ojukwu for accepting the appointment at a time her husband was ill and needed the attention from his wife.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Anambra State Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, said, “My brother, we don’t want to interfere in the running of the Federal Government by the President. If madam’s appointment was by the state government, I would have been able to comment.”

Obienyem would not want to comment on whether the appointment was negotiated by the Anambra governor or the leadership of APGA.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Mike Udah, said, “Neither APGA nor (Governor Peter) Obi begged the President to offer Ojukwu’s wife a job. Mr. President, of his own volition, chose to give her a job along with some other Nigerians. The FG should be thanked for this honour, which Mr. President bestowed on Ndigbo by this appointment.”

The governor himself has at a different forums hailed Bianca’s appointment as a positive gesture from the President, who he said had not only shown concern for the health of Ojukwu, but had been very good to the people of the South-East.

Though she has not spoken on her appointment and the controversy that has surrounded it, a recent newspaper interview she granted appeared to have well captured Mrs. Ojukwu’s mood.

She said, “Being Ikemba (Ojukwu’s) wife is a job on its own. These are issues that are being constantly discussed. Right now, my prerogative is my husband and my family. I’ve a very young family. I don’t want a situation that would have my attention divided.”

The unfolding drama surrounding the appointment of Mrs. Ojukwu and the way she handles it might just be paving the way for her to introduce herself into the political landscape of Nigeria.

With her pedigree, it will not be a surprise if she soon openly declares a firm interest in politics. Her father, the late Chief Christian C. Onoh, led the political front of the Wawa people of Enugu and Ebonyi states for several decades. He eventually became the governor of the old Anambra State. She must have learnt a lot in her father’s political court while she was growing up.

Her husband, ever since he became a man, has been hooked and tied to the political destiny of Nigeria, and has lost his right to a private life. And being with him so closely for the past 23 years, Bianca may have spent good time understudying him.

And what with the likely exit of Ojukwu from the scene and the attendant vacuum this could create, Bianca’s charm, charisma and pedigree could just place her in a good stead to accept to lead her people. Only then might we know the real Bianca.