NASS Election: Ogun ACN In Early Lead, Dusts PDP, PPN

Source: THEWILL. -

ABEOKUTA, April 09, (THEWILL) - Today’s National Assembly election in Ogun State took another dimension as the Ogun State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) is currently having an edge over the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in all the three senatorial districts.

Early results from Ogun Central Senatorial District where incumbent Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello is seeking reelection show her losing to the ACN candidate, Mr. Gbenga Obadara by large numbers.

In a similar vein, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Dimeji Bankole, who is also seeking re-election to the House of Representatives in the same district with Obasanjo-Bello is on the verge of losing his seat to the candidate of the ACN, Mr. Segun Williams.

The House of Representative seat in play is the Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.

Another twist came in shortly after the sorting of ballot papers when the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cancelled the election held in Bankole’s ward based on the fact that the number of those accredited in the unit was higher than the number of those initially registered at the unit.

In Ogun East Senatorial District, the ACN was leading its closest rival incumbent Senator Lekan Mustapha of the Labour party (LP) as at press time.

THEWILL also visited Ogun West Senatorial District and discovered that the race for the senatorial seat is clearly between

Mr. Babatunde Fadun of PDP and Mr. Akin Odunsi of ACN, while the PPN candidate is trailing both parties.

Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, ACN governorship candidate, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, PDP governorship candidate, Chief Adetunji Olurin have reacted to the Suleja bomb blast.

Voters in Obasanjo's ward celebrate as the ACN candidate is declared winner.

According to Obasanjo “I would not hasten to make a pronouncement. The fact that we have on the table now is that there was bombing in suleja. Having got those facts we should now go into the boardroom to ask questions about those who are behind it.

“Did anybody claim responsibility, if they did, for what reasons, and if anybody fails to claim responsibility, will the security agencies be able to find out what is behind it and when they make that known to us, that is when would be able to say, well, this is this, and that is that.

“It is also serious in that the bombing in Suleja is a phenomenon that should be condemned in a democratic culture. I took part in first election in Nigeria in 1959 and from 1959 to 2007, I have not heard of a situation where people take a bomb to INEC or FEDECO office,” Obasanjo stated.

Speaking on the blast, Olurin described the perpetrators as criminals saying the bombing was unnecessary.

The ACN Governorship candidate in the state Senator Ibikunle Amosun described the bombing as ‘barbaric.’

Segun Osoba said, “I don't think it is good for us to resort to this kind of violence against innocent people. I condemn it in its entirety and I pray for those whose have lost their lives in the course of building democratic process in Nigeria.”