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The ‘Unknown 37-Year-Old’ Presidential Candidate That Beat Sowore, Moghalu, Others

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The build-up to the just-concluded presidential election was characterised by interesting activities, with the political scene parading some personalities that brought verve and youthful energy to the fray.

A number of young Nigerians indicated interest in occupying the highest office in the land, and buoyed by the signing of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 31, 2018, they pushed with determination to change the status quo.

Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) approved a total of 91 new and existing political parties to participate in the poll, 73 parties fielded candidates in the Presidential Election.

The candidates included Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who won the election, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came second.

Others were Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC); Olufela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and the Young Progressive Party (YPP) candidate, Kingsley Mogalu.

However, amid the crowded field of candidates, was a contestant about whom nothing was known by most Nigerians but who would later prove to have been somewhat of a dark horse in the presidential race.

At the end of the election, Felix Nicolas of the Peoples Coalition (PCP) polled more votes than all his co-contenders, except those of the APC and PDP who were the frontrunners in the contest.

He scored a total of 110,196 votes to come third in the election.

Perhaps, Nicolas’ performance in the election has put an end to the series of debates and controversy about who is most popular among the relatively young candidates in the race, particularly among the trio of Sowore, Durotoye, and Moghalu.

Third-Place Winner In Presidential Election Thanks Nigerians
A file photo of PCP presidential candidate, Nicolas Felix.

The PCP presidential candidate was closely trailed by Obadiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and John Gbor from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Both polled 97,874 and 66,851 votes respectively.

A further breakdown of the results announced by INEC reveals that Yusuf Yabagi of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came sixth with 54,930 votes; Chukwuma Eke of Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) emerged seventh with 41,852 votes; and Ibrahim Hassan of African Peoples Alliance (APA) came eighth with 36,866 votes.

One of the ‘three famous’ candidates – Sowore – made the top 10 list of candidates, although he came behind the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, who had 34,746 votes.

The AAC candidate polled a total of 33,953 votes ahead of Moghalu and Durotoye who scored 21,886 and 16,779 votes respectively.

However, the candidates of Change Advocacy Party (CAP), Eliagwu Abah; Alliance for a United Nigeria (AUN) Angela Johnson; and We The People Nigeria (WTPN), Peter Nwangwu, completed the list of presidential hopefuls, polling the least number of votes — 1,111, 1,092, and 732 respectively.

See the full result of candidates as announced by INEC below;

SN PARTY TOTAL VOTES POLLED
1 A 19,209
2 AA 14,380
3 AAC 33,953
4 AAP 8,902
5 ABP 4,523
6 ACD 11,325
7 ACPN 7,223
8 ADC 97,874
9 ADP 54,930
10 AGA 4,689
11 AGAP 3,071
12 ANDP 3,104
13 ANN 16,779
14 ANP 3,586
15 ANRP 4,340
16 APA 36,866
17 APC 15,191,847 ……… WINNER
18 APDA 26,558
19 APGA 66,851
20 APM 26,039
21 APP 3,585
22 ASD 2,146
23 AUN 1,092
24 BNPP 1,649
25 CAP 1,111
26 CC 2,391
27 CNP 1,874
28 DA 2,769
29 DPC 5,242
30 DPP 14,483
31 FRESH 4,554
32 FJP 4,174
33 GDPN 41,852
34 GPN 4,924
35 HDP 1,663
36 ID 1,845
37 JMPP 1,853
38 KP 1,911
39 LM 1,438
40 LP 5,074
41 MAJA 2,651
42 MMN 14,540
43 MPN 2,752
44 NAC 2,279
45 NCMP 1,378
46 NCP 3,799
47 NDCP 1,192
48 NDLP 1,588
49 NEPP 1,524
50 NFD 4,096
51 NIP 2,248
52 NNPP 6,111
53 NPC 10,081
54 NRM 6,229
55 NUP 5,323
56 PCP 110,196
57 PDP 11,262,978
58 PPA 21,822
59 PPC 8,979
60 PPN 4,622
61 PT 2,613
62 RAP 2,972
63 RBNP 1,792
64 RP 2,388
65 SDP 34,746
66 SNC 28,680
67 SNP 3,941
68 UDP 3,970
69 UP 1,561
70 UPN 1,631
71 WTPN 732
72 YES 2,394
73 YPP 21,886

See a breakdown of votes garnered by Sowore, Durotoye, and Moghalu below:

STATES AAC ANN YPP
1)ABIA 212 88 720
2)ADAMAWA 282 162 109
3)AKWA IBOM 222 95 118
4)ANAMBRA 124 45 4,091
5)BAUCHI 183 46 112
6)BAYELSA 126 37 50
7)BENUE 309 201 557
8)BORNO 269 29 78
9)CROSS RIVER 242 88 217
10)DELTA 1,626 320 497
11)EBONYI 205 683 192
12)EDO 3,106 273 531
13)EKITI 400 88 68
14)ENUGU 219 141 1,379
15)GOMBE 165 78 39
16)IMO 467 119 676
17)JIGAWA 226 66 67
18)KADUNA 243 261 196
19)KANO 416 114 200
20)KATSINA 186 82 61
21)KEBBI 276 99 53
22)KOGI 250 89 87
23)KWARA 401 422 140
24)LAGOS 8,910 6,946 5,733
25)NASARAWA 75 45 44
26)NIGER 324 145 113
27)OGUN 3,196 1,509 553
28)ONDO 4,414 311 1,224
29)OSUN 1,022 268 189
30)OYO 4,014 1,896 1,608
31)PLATEAU 268 796 442
32)RIVERS 372 365 415
33)SOKOTO 181 124 84
34)TARABA 116 35 80
35)YOBE 137 37 36
36)ZAMFARA 186 24 44
37)FCT 583 652 1,083
TOTAL VOTES 33,953 16,779 21,886

Source: Channels TV NG

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