Nigeria election: APC, PDP produce same number of lawmakers

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday, announced that the each of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 11 seats in the Adamawa House of Assembly election held on Saturday.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa, Mr Kasim Gaidam, who made the announcement in Yola, said that African Democratic Congress won one seat in the election.

Meanwhile, a High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has restrained INEC from conducting the supplementary governorship election in Adamawa, earlier billed for March 23.

The ruling by Justice Abdul-Aziz Waziri followed a request to that effect filed by counsel to the Adamawa chapter of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy, MRDD, Mr. Mustafa Shaba, over absence of the party’s logo on the ballot paper of the election declared inconclusive by INEC.

Delivering the ruling after going through the two affidavits in support of the motion, including that of extreme urgency, Justice Waziri, held that the request had merit and, therefore, was granted.

“After careful perusal of the a annexture of the MRDD 1 to 5 alongside written address of counsel urging me to grant the application, I am of the view that the application is pregnant with merit and must be granted.

“I hereby grant the following order: The defndant, here in, the INEC, is restrained whether by themselves, their executives, servants, privies, representative, nominees or any other person or persons, from proceeding with the supplementary election in respect of Adamawa State governorship pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” hr said.

The judge ordered that all the processes relating to the suit be served to Adamawa INEC in Yola in compliance with Order 6 of the court.

The case was adjourned to March 21 for hearing of motion for the interlocutory injunction.

Disclosing that Adamawa had 25 members in the State House of Assembly, Gaidam stated that the ADC won the seat in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area.

‘‘The two remaining State Assembly Election of Uba/Gaya and Nassarawo/Binyeri in Hong and Mayo-Belwa local government areas would be conducted on March 23.’’

Gaidam said the Nassarawo-Binueri State Assembly election was deferred due to the death of the APC candidate before the election.

He said “the Uba/Gaya State Assembly election could not be concluded on March 9 due to cancellation of results in some polling units.’’

Gaidam also said of the eight seats for the House of Representatives in the state, both APC and PDP each won four seats.

He said PDP got two senators from Adamawa Northern and Southern Senatorial Districts while APC won Adamawa Central.

On the state governorship supplementary election in the 44 polling units, he said the Commission had fixed 23 March 23 for the re-run election.

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