Sunday, 7 October 2012

Wife takes over husband at House of Assembly

Kaneng, the wife of the late Majority Leader of Plateau House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani, was elected on Saturday elected to replace her husband on the Barkin Ladi State constituency seat.
The seat became vacant following the death of Fulani with Sen. Gyang Dantong, on July 8 in a stampede when gunmen attacked mourners at Maseh, a village in the Bachit District of Riyom Local Government Area.
Similarly, Mr Gyang Pwajok won the election for Plateau North Senatorial District made vacant by the death of Dantong.
Both candidates contested the by-elections on Saturday on the platform of PDP.
The INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Sawa of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, said  Pwajok scored 195,349 votes to beat   retired Col. David Dungs of DPP, who polled 38,847 votes and others.
Sawa also announced that APGA’s Chris Giwa scored 36,245 votes, while  Danladi Atu of ANPP got 30,132 votes and  Yusuf Pam, of ACN received  27,609 votes in the Senate race.
She said  Lumumba Adeh of LP got 25,527 votes in the election.

“Pwajok, having satisfied the requirements of the law and having scored the highest number of votes required, is hereby declared winner of the Plateau North senatorial district election,” she said.
INEC also announced that Kaneng polled 33,549 votes to beat  Bulus Bot of DPP, who scored 6,718 votes and Ezekiel Gwom of ACN, who got 4,267 votes.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau, Mr Habu Zarma, in an address, appealed to the winner to be magnanimous in victory and carry others along.
He attributed the peace that prevailed during the elections to “the hand of God at work in Plateau”.
The Director-General of Pwajok Campaign Organisation, Mr Abbey Aku, said after the results were declared that the PDP victory was for all Plateau people.
“The victory is for all Plateau people and I wish to call on the co-contestants to unite around the winner so as to get the best from the Senate,’’ he said.

Before entering the race, Pwajok, a former University of Jos Political Science teacher, was the Chief of Staff to Governor Jonah Jang.

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