Nigeria’s two leading political parties, the PDP and APC split the last two senate seats to be declared in the bye-elections held on Saturday.
While Dr. Stephen Odey of the PDP won the Cross River north Senatorial by-election, Prof. Nora Daduut of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won Plateau South senatorial district.
The APC similarly won the senate seats in Imo North and Lagos East.
Two of the senate seats in Bayelsa are yet to be called by INEC.
The Collation Officer for the senatorial by-election in Cross River North, , Prof. Ameh Akoh of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, said Odey scored 129,207 votes to defeat eight other contestants.
Candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Joe Agi (SAN) scored 19,165 votes to place second while African Democratic Congress, Mr Gregory Agam came third with 388 votes among others.
“The PDP candidate having scored the highest number of votes cast is hereby declared the winner in line with electoral guidelines, ” Akoh stated
In Jos, INEC declared Prof. Nora Daduut of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Plateau South senatorial by-election.
The by-election was conducted to fill the vacuum created by the death of Sen. Ignatius Longjan which occurred on Feb. 9.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Idris Amali, announced that Daduut polled 83,151 votes to defeat her closest challenger, Mr George Daika, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 70,838 votes; a margin of 12,313 votes.
“Daduut, having scored the highest number of votes cast and fulfilled the requirements of the law is hereby returned elected,” Amali said.
He said that the total number of accredited voters for the election was 159,191, while votes cast were 157, 803.
According to him, the valid votes were 155, 659 while 2,144 votes were rejected.
A breakdown of the results according to local governments as announced by the returning officer indicated that in Langtang North, the APC got 12, 241 votes, while PDP scored 16, 841 votes.
In Langtang South the APC polled 9,321 against PDP’s 12, 439 votes.
In Mikang Local Government where the PDP candidate hails from, the APC scored 8, 425 votes, while PDP got 7, 887 votes.
In Shendam, the APC got 18, 542 votes, while PDP got 10, 223 votes; in Wase, APC got 21, 838 votes, while PDP scored 12,807 votes.
The result of Quan Pan, the home local government of the APC candidate, indicated that APC scored 12,784 votes, while PDP got 10, 641 votes.
Apart from APC and the PDP, eight other political parties also participated in the election.