The results of the gubernatorial elections held in 28 states of the country are awaited.
Supporters of the various candidates and political parties are drenched in tension as the final announcement of the results persists.
All the incumbent and outgoing governors are also in controversy, thinking about what could become of their political career.
Two dominant political parties, the PDP and the APC, have candidates in all 28 states for Saturday’s election, but will have to work harder to win some states where the Labor Party, LP, has candidates.
In Akwa Ibom, Akan Udofia is the APC candidate. Other states are: Abia – Ikechi Emenike, Adamawa – Aishatu Dairu Binani, Bauchi – Sadique Abubakar, Kaduna – Uba Sani, Gombe – Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Delta – Ovie Omo-Agege, Borno – Babagana Zulum, Cross River – Bassey Otu, Jigawa – Umar Namadi, Kano – Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, Ebonyi – Ogbonna Nwifuru, Enugu – Uche Nnaji, Katsina – Dikko Umaru Radda, Kebbi – Nasiru Idris, Kwara -AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Ogun – Dapo Abiodun, Nasarawa – Abdullahi Sule, Plateau -Netanwe Yilwatda , Rivers – Tonye Cole, Yobe -Mala Buni, Zamfara – Muhammad Bello and Oyo – Teslim Folarin.
The PDP candidates across the country are: Okechukwu Ahiwe – Abia, Umaru Fintiri – Adamawa., Umo Bassey – Akwa Ibom., Ibrahim Mohammed – Bauchi, Titus Uba – Benue, Mohammed Ali Jafari – Borno, Sheriff Oborevwori – Delta, Peter Mbah – Enugu, Muhammad Barde – Gombe, Mustapha Sule-Lamido – Jigawa, Isa Ashiru Kudan – Kaduna, Muhammed Abacha – Kano, Aminu Bande – Kebbi, Abdullah Yahman – Kwara, Abdul-Azeez Adediran – Lagos. David Ombugadu – Nassarawa, Segun Sowunmi – Ogun, Seyi Makinde – Oyo, Caleb Mutfwang – Plateau, Siminialayi Fubara – Rivers, Sa’adu Umar – Sokoto.
But LP has serious contenders in some states: Lagos- Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, Abia- Alex Otti, Enugu- Chijioke Edeoga, among others.
The DAILY POST reports that the exercise witnessed voter apathy in every state in the federation, a development attributed to the outcome of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
However, many die-hard supporters still made it a must to show up for the exercise.
While the election was violent in some states, it was relatively peaceful in some states.
Lagos, Delta, Benue, Osun, Niger, Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, among others, are some of the states where the killings and shootings took center stage.
At the time of writing this report, the poll results are still too close to be announced in most states.
In Lagos, Kwara and Oyo states, incumbent governors are believed to be on their way to victory. However, in Enugu, Abia and Benue states, the ruling party, the PDP, is said to be struggling, with the LP, APGA and APC respectively leading the way. Dapo Abiodun from Ogun State is still unsure of victory.
For Ebonyi State, it’s a hard-fought decision between the APC, APGA and the PDP. However, the two opposition parties are protesting the alleged seizure of voting materials by the APC administration led by Governor David Umahi.
In Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike is said to be succeeding in his move to install a successor, with former transport minister Rotimi Amaechi shouting that his APC party was competing against the PDP, INEC and the police. He added that there was a total failure of governance in the country.
Kaduna, which is one of the states of interest, remains undecided, and the PDP accuses Governor Nasir El-Rufai of massive vote buying.
In the next few hours, elected governors would have emerged in all 28 states, ending weeks of anxiety and tension.