Struggle for the Senate: Dankwambo loses, Amosun wins, Ajimobi unsure.
Governor of Gombe for 8 years, Ibrahim Dankwambo, lost out in his bid to represent Gombe north senatorial district in the national assembly.
He contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and was defeated by Sa’idu Alkali of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alkali won in four of the five local government areas of Gombe north senatorial district. The APC candidate scored 152,546 votes ahead of Dankwambo who had 88,016 votes.
Dankwambo was earlier the presidential race of the PDP but lost out in the primaries to Atiku Abubakar.
In Ogun, it’s a victory for Ibikunle Amosun, a two-term governor like Dankwambo. He once occupied the senatorial seat of Ogun central.
Despite the crisis in the APC in Ogun, Amosun polled 88,110 votes to defeat Titi Oseni-Gomez, his Action Democratic Congress (ADC) rival who had 65,101 votes. Oseni was a former speaker of the Ogun house of assembly.
But in Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi, the governor, is struggling to hold unto the senatorial seat in Oyo south. Kola Balogun, the PDP candidate, has won in all of the four local government areas announced so far.
Oyo south has nine local government areas. Ajimobi is seeking to return to the senate to occupy a seat he was elected governor in 2011.
He he remains the first Oyo governor to break the second term jinx.