The struggle for control of states by political parties in the March 9 governorship elections has been officially concluded, following few supplementary elections and the final collation of Rivers State governorship election on April 3.
Before the 2019 general elections, the All Progressive Congress (APC) was in control of 22 states, namely: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara.
On the other hand, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) controlled 13 states, namely: Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Rivers, Sokoto, and Taraba.
However, if states like Kogi, Osun, Edo, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Ondo, and Anambra, where elections were not to hold this year was eliminated from the whole group of 36, APC would have 17 controlled states, while PDP would have 12 controlled states.
A breakdown of the results from these 29 states where elections held showed that the APC won in 15 states, while the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, emerged victorious in 14 states.
The APC lost Bauchi, Oyo, Adamawa, and Imo, while the PDP lost only Gombe and Kwara.
The implication of the above is that the APC lost 2 states to the PDP.
As it is, Zamfara has been bedeviled by a legal tussle that could see the APC lose the state to the PDP.
Ivotesng.com recalls that the Court of Appeal nullified APC’s participation in the election, throwing the party back into a pre-election crisis it thought had been surmounted when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) finally decided to field its candidates.
The case of Zamfara temporarily eliminates one state from that of the APC.
The result of the March 9 governorship elections shows that the PDP is seriously closing gaps to the APC.
Although, adding the seven states where elections were not held to complete Nigeria’s total 36 states, the APC now has 19. The PDP has 15 states, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has one, which is Anambra.
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