No woman governor for Nigeria yet as APC’s ‘Mama Taraba’ is defeated

Aisha Al-Hasan

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect fresh reports. Read it here.

Expectations by Nigerians that Saturday’s election would yield the first female governor in Nigeria’s history has been dashed.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba, Aisha Al-Hassan, who put up a strong showing in the race and who was thought to have won as collation continued into the second day, has now been defeated.

At the end of collation of votes from all 16 local government areas in the state, Ms. Al-hasan polled 262, 381 votes to emerge runner-up in a keenly contested election.

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Darius Ishaku, polled 326, 198 votes to emerge the state’s governor-elect.

As results of the election from the local government areas trickled into the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, Ms. Al-Hasan, fondly known as Mama Taraba by supporters, at some point overtook her main challenger, Mr. Ishaku.

This triggered nationwide celebration by people who thought Ms. Al-hasan was on her way to becoming the first female governor.

But the votes from Sardauna, the last local government being expected, has just arrived, dashing hopes of Nigeria getting her first female state executive.

INEC’s final collation is ongoing and the electoral body is expected to declare PDP’s Mr. Ishaku the winner of the election.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect new facts. Read it here


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  • blueeyedkitten

    THEY HAVE FINALLY SUCCEDED IN RIGGING HER OUT. TY DANJUMA AND CO, WELLDONE! LETS MEET IN COURT.

    • Awarawa

      APC propaganda at work. This is how they unleash violence unnecessarily on innocent people. There’s no way this woman would win in Taraba state. People living there no where the shoe pinches…

  • Action_Nigeria

    NIGERIA WILL NEVER EVER ACCEPT BUHARI AS PRESIDENT ……….. THOSE WHO ARE PARADING BUHARI AS PRESIDENT ELECT WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IN THE END.

    It is no longer hidden that Muhammadu Buhari provided false information in his completed and tendered INEC forms falsely claiming that he has WASC ………. truth is that Buhari does not have WASC and was not even qualified to join the Nigerian Army Officer Corp.

    For the avoidance of doubt ……. the issue is not whether Buhari has the academic qualifications constitutionally prescribed for Candidates contesting for the Office of President. Notwithstanding, it is instructive to note that going by the documents Buhari tendered to INEC, there is no evidence that he has the academic qualifications constitutionally prescribed for Candidates contesting for the Office of President.

    Furthermore, the issue is not whether Buhari committed perjury or not ……… the issue is that Buhari provided false information in his duly completed and tendered prescribed INEC forms … the perjury issue only serves as concrete proof that Buhari provided false information in his duly completed and tendered prescribed INEC forms contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act …. the consequences are very, very clear and obvious …….. DISQUALIFICATION ….. PERIOD

    Section 31 subsection 5 & 6 of the Electoral 2010 as amended is very clear and states inter alia:

    S31.5: Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given by a candidate in the affidavit or any document submitted by that Candidate is false may file a suit at the Federal High Court, High Court of a State of FCT against such a person seeking a declaration that the information contained in the affidavit is false.

    RESTATED FOR CLARITY: S31.5: Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given by a candidate in ……………… any document submitted by that Candidate is false may file a suit at the Federal High Court, High Court of a State of FCT against such a person seeking a declaration that the information contained in the affidavit is false.

    S31.6: If the Court determines that any of the information contained in the affidavit or any document submitted by that candidate is false, the Court shall issue an Order disqualifying the Candidate from contesting the election.

    RESTATED FOR CLARITY: S31.6: If the Court determines that any of the information contained in ……….. any document
    submitted by that candidate is false, the Court shall issue an Order disqualifying the Candidate from contesting the election.

    It is not in doubt that Mohammed or Muhammadu Buhari submitted a document to INEC that contained false information viz. falsely claiming that he has WASC …… which obviously he does not have.

    What then is the basis of the delusion that Buhari is the President Elect ?

    NB:

    It is instructive to note that Section 31 of the Electoral Act also makes reference to “the prescribed forms” which indeed stipulated that Buhari attach copies of his academic qualifications claims to his completed “prescribed forms”.

    The essence of this provision was to ensure that crooks like Buhari and Tinubu who are veteran certificate forgers are not given an escape route .

    But Buhari, being a hardened crook who has been cheating on the certificate issue since 1961 when he joined the Army Officer Corps without WASC proceeded to commit perjury by claiming strangely that all his certificates are with a none
    existent Secretary to the Military Board.

    BUHARI IS A WORLD-CLASS LIAR AND CHEAT WHO WILL NEVER BE SWORN IN AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

    • TC

      Idleness….lol. Sai Buhari

      • Action_Nigeria

        Truth hurts ……. and it hurts badly.

        • Tossman

          Pls wetin concern Biafrans with Nigerian politics, or are u tired of ur MASSOB? I just dey laffff…….

          • yitzkh

            Don’t mind him

        • zacchaeus Akinleye

          Go and blow up pipelines like you threatened and wait for the consequence, or blow yourself up, naive loser.

        • bazzaone

          I can see you have hurts so badly go and hug transformer

      • yitzkh

        Sai Buhari

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      They’r spending all all their lives living in past time paradise tra la la la la…

    • Walter

      And i wish you kill yourself if he does.

    • Adebola

      NO point here

    • baba agba

      now that buhari has won and his wasc has been found, i think people like you should go and commit suicide period

    • bazzaone

      You will be ashamed times come

      • yitzkh

        don’t mind him

    • Tyler

      essay

  • Jika

    Premium times,we heard from Jalingo that the election is inconclusive.The result of Donga Local Government has been cancelled and a new date will be fixed for a fresh election in that Local Government.By the way,the results that some of us saw are as follows; APC 306,616. PDP 306,154.You guys may however need to verify.Just my two cents.

  • Ag

    My sweet sister you will win Taraba election Aisha Allah. We love you because you are loving and caring

  • M Olalekan

    Any time APC wins either by rigging or not it is good for democracy or democracy in progress but when PDP (even so glaring) wins it is bad for democracy…brain wash and propaganda. Buhari’s certificate can and will be reopened in court again. We are talking about INTEGRITY here.

    • Tyler

      shoroniyen?

      • M Olalekan

        rara okuta ni

        • Tyler

          shorotuniyen?

    • yitzkh

      lol

    • Super Dee

      Come, where were you when 2days after INEC officially declared GMB the President elect the Nigeruan Army declared theybhad found his Certificate? Is your brain just being selective with news assimilation?

      • M Olalekan

        You are not mature to comment, when mature people comment you listen so keep your unprofounded, unguided immature comment to yourself.

  • Deji

    Virginia Etiaba was the first female governor in Nigeria albeit by default rather than election. Let us remember that she governed Anambra for about 12 months

    • Ogonna

      Etiaba did not emerge the seat via election. Aisha would have made history if she won as first female elected governor in Nigeria.

  • Ag

    The first female governor in Taraba state. Tambuwal won my sokoto state.

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  • Comfortkay

    When will Nigerian Men accept that what a man can do a woman can also do it better. I still have hope to see first female governor in Nigeria, and not always deputy.

    • Alhaji Colonel Mariama(rtd)

      Ain’t they even lucky to be deputy governors? Does that not give them enough time away from the kitchen? What more do the women want. Jokes aside this woman did quite well the first time around. I don’t believe she is a spent force though. Buhari himself contested FOUR times before he got it. She should try again as long as somebody is willing to do the cooking. THIS OPINION MAY BE CENSORED BY THE IDIOTS.

  • Moe

    Who is the editor of Premium Times?
    No WOMAN Governor yet???
    What kind of grammar is that?

  • Sanmi Falae

    Donald Trump’s Learning Disability means he means and thus says the opposite of what he means. Since, please pardon the language, ‘shit-brains’ of necessity produce ‘shit-holes’ Trump meant African leaders; rather than African countries. That was the first time in my entire adult life to use that language – private or public. However, the recurrent theme of your essay and all of the debates on our social media outlets is that ‘African leaders are shit-brains’ and of necessity they produce ‘shitholes’. The world is fast moving away from the use of NATURAL RESOURCES to HUMAN MADE RESOURCES to power their economies – e.g from petroleum to electricity. But African leaders are more concerned about winning elections than actually living in the world; whereas you have to live to rule! But then contemporary Africans, courtesy of shit-brain-African leaders, EXIST rather than LIVE in the world.

  • KELLOGGS

    The reaction of Nigerians to the The Kaduna massacre, as well as other massacres in the South East, prove that Nigerians are eternally uncivilized beasts, in toto!

    How can this be? Corruption, corruption, corruption, …that’s all the people, including the press talk about, in the midst of a mass murderous regime!

  • Abdel-Gafar Akinlabi Salaudeen

    Thanks Tope.You really make my day.Nigeria is a ”shit-hole” country we all make it to be.Our leadership is a reflection of our society.There’s so much hypocrisy in the land even among ourselves.I live @ Ibadan some of the various petroleum stations are selling their products @ 145 Naira per litre.Yet some unscrupulous majority are selling above 200Naira.Even if someone raise a dissenting voice,the same people will attack him.Nigerians are special breed.We’re nepotistic.I cannot agree with you more.Congratulations on your party’s registration.