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Ireti Kingibe wins FCT senatorial seat, ends incumbent’s 12-year stay

The senatorial candidate of the Labour Party for the Federal Capital Territory in the 2023 election, Ireti Kingibe, has been declared the winner of the FCT Senate seat.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the FCT, Prof. Sanni Saka of the University of Abuja, announced the result on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, Kingibe scored 202,175 votes to emerge the winner.

He added that Mr. Philip Aduda of the Peoples Democratic Party came second with 100,544 votes, while Angulu Dobi of the All Progressives Congress took the third position with 78,905 votes.

The result reveals that Aduda, who is one of the longest-serving federal lawmakers in Nigeria, is on his way out of the parliament after losing to Kingibe.

Aduda, who started his political career in 1996 as a Councillor, was first elected to the National Assembly as a Member of the House of Representatives for AMAC/Bwari in Abuja in 2003.

He was re-elected to the Green chamber in 2008.

He, however, crossed to the Senate, contested and won the senatorial seat for the FCT in 2011. He was re-elected as the senator representing the FCT in 2015 and 2019.

However, Aduda on Tuesday become one of the lawmakers swept away by the hurricane Labour Party which has already kicked many of his colleagues, especially from the Southeast part of the country, out of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

Aduda, who is the Senate Minority Whip, like his Southeast colleagues, lost his bid to return to the National Assembly to Labour Party.

He was massively defeated by Ireti of the Labour Party in last Saturday’s National Assembly election.

The Returning Officer, while declaring the result, said, “I, Prof. Sanni Saka, hereby certify that I am the Returning Officer for the 2023 FCT senatorial district election held on February 25.

“The election was contested and the candidates received the votes as announced.”

“That Ireti Kingibe, having satisfied the requirements of the law, has been declared the winner,” Saka added.

He said that the problem with the Bwari result that was earlier cancelled was rectified and the result was certified as valid.

He, however, said that the result for Abaji remained cancelled because the problem had not been sorted out.

Suleiman Ango, the APC agent and the PDP’s Abdulrahman Mohammed refused to sign the result sheet saying it was not authentic.

It would be recalled that the Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Idiat Adebule, also won the Lagos West Senatorial District election.

Adebule, a former deputy governor of Lagos polled 361,296 votes to defeat Segun Adewale of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 248,653.

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