APC, PDP, LP Share LGAs in Bayelsa
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won in two Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
They are Ogbia and Nembe council areas of the State, where he polled 3005 out of the 7,731 total votes cast in Nembe and 8444 out of the total 23,892 votes cast in Ogbia LGAs.
The Tide which monitored the final collation at the state headquarters of the Independent national electoral Commission (INEC), Yenagoa, reports that while majority votes cast in the state were in favour of the APC, PDP and the Labour party (LP),15 other political parties were in distance far.
A breakdown of votes scored by the PDP, APC, LP and Kwankwaso’s NNPP per Local Government Area of the state showed thus:
In Ogbia the APC polled 8444, PDP -6362, LP – 6721, and NNPP – 47 votes.
Results from Governor Douye Diri’s Kolokuma/Opokuma council area showed that the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, polled 8972 out of the total votes of 17,432, the APC garnered 4137 votes, the LP candidate, Peter Obi, polled 3395, and the NNPP Presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, scored 34 votes.
Results from Ekeremor Council area reads PDP – 9113, APC – 4398, LP -4489, and NNPP – 16 votes, out of the total 18,818 votes cast.
LP’s Peter Obi emerged winner in the Yenagoa City council area of the state, polling 22,261 out of the 44,365 total votes cast, leaving the PDP as first runner-up with 14,308, the APC as second runner-up with 6,651, while NNPP polled a distant 189 votes.
Meanwhile, in Brass Local Government Area, the LGA of origin of the State APC leader and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, the PDP pulled a surprise, defeating the APC presidential candidate with 6,209 out of a total 12,896 votes cast, with the APC scoring 3684 votes, and LP getting 2,273, and NNPP securing just 25 votes.
In Southern Ijaw Council area, the LGA of origin of the state’s first Executive Governor, late DSP Alamieyeseigha, results declared by INEC showed that the PDP presidential candidate won, polling 11,280 out of the total of 24,885 votes cast, while APC scored 7,650, LP 4,400, and NNPP 190 votes.
Also, data received from the state Presidential election Returning Officer, Professor Lilian Salami, the Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, has it that Presidential candidates of the four major political parties polled the following votes in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state out of the total votes cast of 20,696.
They are: PDP 10,240: LP 4,629; APC 4,603; and NNPP24 votes. The Returning Officer also declared a summary of the entire collated votes cast in favour of all the 18 political parties that participated in the presidential polls as: APC 42,572; PDP 68,818; LP 49,975; SDP 689; Accord 156; AA 22; ADC 589; NNPP 540; and APGA 330.
Other parties polled as follows: APM 130; APP 96; BP 116; NRM 125; PRP 65; YPP 166; and ZLP 728, out of a total votes casts of 1,73111.
Total number of valid votes was 165,325, and total number of rejected votes, according to the State’s Returning Officer, stood at 7,786.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
A’Ibom Doles Out N132m For Hospital Maintenance
The Akwa Ibom State Government has released N132 million for the maintenance of General Hospitals across the 31 Local Government Areas of the state in the last one year.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, disclosed this during an Inter-Ministerial Briefing, tagged, “Tracking the Promise” in Uyo, recently.
Umoh said Governor Udom Emmanuel is committed to effective healthcare delivery service in the state.
He noted that the State Government is aware of shortage of Nurses and Midwives in the health sector, adding that the shortfall of medical personnel has been addressed through employment of over 300 Doctors and Nurses in hospitals .
The Commissioner, however, said the number of recruited medical personnel was not enough, and government planned to bring back retired Midwives, who are still strong to support existing ones in the healthcare service.
“We will soon bring back retired Midwives who are still strong into the state hospital service. Government will pay them stipends to encourage them in contributing through their acquired experiences in the health sector.
“However, more health personnel would be employed to ensure efficient healthcare delivery in the state”, Umoh said.
He reeled out achievements of the Governor in the health sector in the last eight years to include renovation of hospitals and construction of new ones.
He listed the remodeled hospitals in the state to include; General Hospitals in Ikot Abasi, Eket, Anua and the procurement of medical equipment.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong, said it became necessary to sensitise the public on the true position of government’s projects, programmes and activities.
Ememobong said it was worrisome that after seven and half years of governance with numerous record of achievements in all sectors, some sordid and disparaging news items are still being spread around.
“We have, therefore, brought every section of the society together here to find out the reason the stories and reports sent out do not correspond with what we have on ground in the State.
“Governor Emmanuel has constructed numerous roads in the State, such as the Uyo-Etinan-Ndon Eyo Road and Ikot Oku Ikono flyover, among others but someone will write that there is no road in Akwa Ibom State,” he said.
UBTH Mourns Former CMD
The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has expressed grief over the death of Prof. Michael Ibadin, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital.
In a statement made available to The Tide’s source in Benin yesterday, the CMD, Dr Darlington Obaseki, said the deceased succumbed during a brief illness.
Obaseki described the late Ibadin as a quintessential leader and a mentor to many.
He said his demise was a big loss not only to his family, but also to the hospital community and the medical world.
“With a deep sense of loss and pain in our hearts, we submit to the will of the Almighty God on the passing into the celestial realm of our former CMD, Prof. M.O. Ibadin after a brief illness.
“Until his death, he was a Professor of Paediatrics, a Consultant Pediatric Nephrologist and an astute health administrator.
“He was also a mentor who introduced several persons into hospital administration and management, including myself.
“We commiserate with his immediate family at this time and pray that God himself will console them and grant them the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” he said.
Reverse Illegal Sack Of Workers, Obaseki Tells AAU Mgt
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has directed the management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, to immediately reverse all recent disengagement letters issued to some staff of the institution.
The government directive is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media Projects to the Governor, Mr Crusoe Osagie, and made available to newsmen in Benin.
Obaseki, in the statement, said the sack notices issued earlier to some staff of the university were illegal, null and void.
“The management is to retrieve any such illegal letters if they were ever issued and reinstate the affected staff.
“I have ordered an in-depth investigation into what led to the sporadic issuance of illegal sack letters and ensure that anyone found culpable will be brought to book”, the Governor said.
Obaseki reiterated his commitment to the welfare of members of staff, adding that he was working to find solutions to all lingering issues affecting workers in the state-owned institution.
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