NIGERIA VOTES 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan shot
into the lead last night as results of the Presidential election started trickling in. Jonathan, who
contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led the poll in the South; but his
closest rival, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), was ahead in some
parts of the North.
The standard bearer of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and Mallam Ibrahim
Shekarau of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), was trailing them.
Jonathan is coasting home to victory in 16 of the 17 Southern states. Ribadu is in the lead in Osun
State. The ACN candidate won in 27 local governments to three won by the PDP candidate.
The President is likely to win in some Northern states or pick up to 25 per cent of the votes. He is
ahead in Taraba and Kwara States. Jonathan swept the poll in Lagos and Ogun states. In 10 polling
units in Ifako-Ijaiye, Ogba, Lagos, the President scored 1161 votes to ACN’s 363 and CPC’s 259.
Exit polls indicated that Buhari won in Kano; Katsina; Nasarawa; Bauchi; Kebbi; Zamfara; Adamawa
and Niger states. Sokoto remained dicey last night. Early reports said CPC won but it was later learnt
that PDP picked the state.
President Jonathan cleared all the votes in ward 13, unit 039 in his Otuoke, Bayelsa State, country
home where he voted. The presiding officer, Mr. Muyiwa Orojo, announced that the PDP polled 413
to zero votes by other parties.
Eleven votes were invalid.
In Sarkin Yara Ward A in Daura, Katsina State, where he voted, Buhari polled 494 votes to PDP’s zero.
ANPP, 4; ACN, 2. One vote was invalid.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, who is Jonathan’s running mate lost again, as he did last week, in his
polling unit, in Kaduna State.
His party polled 208 to Buhari’s CPC’s 435 votes.
But PDP was set for victory in Fadua Kagoma, where Governor Patrick Yakowa voted.
CPC supporters who besieged the polling unit on Sambo’s Camp Road residence to witness the vote
count erupted in jubilation; security operatives watched in amazement.
During the sorting of the ballots, they waited patiently, chanting CPC slogans. The CPC also won in all
the polling units close to Sambo’s residence.
Buhari cleared the polls in Ribadu’s polling unit in Adamawa State. He scored 250 to Ribadu’s 85
votes. Buhari also won in former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s unit, polling 306 votes to PDP’s 81
and ACN’s 9.
Buhari floored Shekarau in his Giginyu Ward in Nassarawa local government of Kano State.
The President came second, beating Shekarau to the third position.
ANPP also lost to CPC in all the seven polling units at the Government House.
In polling booth 028 in Giginyu ward, where Shekarau hails from, Buhari had 231 votes; PDP, 67;
ANPP, 67 and ACN, 8.
At unit 029 it was CPC – 228; PDP – 27; ANPP – 21; and ACN – 0. At unit 064, CPC scored 388; PDP –
105; ANPP – 28 and ACN – 4.
At unit 012 at the Government House polling centre, CPC scored 289; PDP – 27; ANPP – 63, and ACN
– one. In unit 014, CPC had 433, ANPP – 74; PDP – 41; ACN – 7.
In unit 015, it was CPC – 472; ANPP – 75; PDP – 38 and ACN – 5. CPC had 365; ANPP -63; PDP – 25
and ACN – 6 in unit 017. At unit 018, it was CPC – 276; ANPP – 65; PDP, 37 and ACN – 3.
Unlike in last Saturday’s National Assembly polls, Jonathan won in the polling units at the
Presidential Villa in Abuja. His party lost to CPC last Saturday.
The PDP won 1, 232 votes to beat Buhari who scored 696.
With the result, Jonathan is the first sitting president to win at the Presidential Villa/Police Affairs
Commission polling units 021 and 022 situated inside the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock.
In Benue State, an elated Governor Gabriel Suswam popped champagne for clearing the polls for
PDP at the Government House polling unit. The victory broke a 30-year-old jinx of his predecessors
not winning elections in the unit.
Suswam’s PDP lost in the unit in last Saturday’s National Assembly elections.
After the result was announced, Suswam told reporters that records were meant to be broken,
adding that winning in the unit for the first time was a sign that he will win during the governorship
In Niger State, Governor Babangida Aliyu and his deputy, Ahmed Ibeto, lost in their polling units to
At Aliyu’s unit in Minna, PDP polled 320 to CPC’s 357 votes. At Ibeto’s polling station, PDP had 8
votes and CPC, 450.
In Magajiya ward in Kontagora local government, CPC had 497 votes and PDP 50. In Angwu Bindiga,
also in Kontagora, CPC polled 399 and PDP 82.
CPC supporters took to the streets in a motorcade jubilating. Some of the jubilating youths were
seen dragging umbrellas (PDP logo) on the floor.
Edo State first civilian governor and Shekarau’s running mate Chief John Oyegun lost in his polling
unit. Oyegun polled 11 to PDP’s 146 votes. CPC had 21.
Oyegun arrived at the Staff Training School in Benin GRA, accompanied by his wife, Victoria, at about
10:45am for accreditation.
Oyegun praised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for rectifying the lapses of
last week’s National Assembly polls. Oyegun said: “I don’t praise a product because the cover is
beautifully designed. INEC has done so well compared to past experiences”.
Oyegun noted that his wife’s name that was omitted last Saturday was rectified, adding that all the
candidates have presented their product and it is now left for the electorate to judge.
“Whatever the electorate decide, we accept, we trust Nigeria voters,” he said.
At ward 2, units 7 and 8 in Ewohinmi, Esan South East local council, PDP scored 422 votes; ACN,
10. The ANPP had no votes. Chairman of Nigeria Ports Authority Chief Tony Anenih, who voted at
Usenena Primary School, at Uromi, Esan South East local government, hailed the security operatives
for their conduct.
“The election is peaceful and the turnout impressive. INEC arrangement is very good.”
Governor Adams Oshiomhole lauded the conduct of the election, saying the people have decided
who they want to lead them. Oshiomhole, who voted at Iyamho Primary School, Estako West, noted
that what is important is the peaceful conduct of the electorate.
Oshiomhole, however, noted that the House of Assembly election will be different.