Cablegate: Abuja by-Election Results - Anpp Concedes

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

230531Z Dec 03




E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Abuja By-Election Results - ANPP Concedes

Ref: Abuja 2183


1. After the by-election for the only Abuja Senate seat
conducted on December 20, PDP Senator Isa Maina
retained his seat with an overall victory margin of
1,416 votes (less than one percent of the total).
Maina's original victory margin in April over ANPP
candidate Ireti Kingibe was 1,208 votes. Kingibe
conceded, lamenting the low voter turnout; only about
20 percent of the potential 20,000 voters came out.
Kingibe had protested the original election in April,
arguing successfully before an election tribunal that
results from 23 polling stations had not been counted.
Maina was sworn in as Senator in May and maintained the
seat until told to vacate by Senate PDP leadership on
December 10 in order to prepare for the election.

2. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
conducted the election using its own staff instead of
ad hoc personnel like those hired during the April/May
elections. There was no reported violence, mainly due
to the massive security presence (Embassy observers
counted 10 to 20 security agents at every polling
station). Security agents made as many as a dozen
arrests (mostly for possession of multiple voter
cards), and impounded one bus that allegedly was
transporting persons from another district into the
voting district to vote illegally.

3. COMMENT: INEC's performance in this by-election was
a significant improvement over previous elections. The
Commission was helped by the small number of polling
stations, extremely low voter turnout and massive
security presence. The level of voter apathy
demonstrates that many Nigerians have given up on the
current process of fixing the April/May elections. End


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN News: ‘Things Have To Change’ Canada’s Trudeau Declares Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. “The world is in crisis, and ... More>>

Assange's Hearing: Latest Observations From Court

Despite severe restrictions on observers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the only NGO that has gained access to the hearing, and we’ve managed to monitor proceedings on most days. We will continue to do so whenever possible. Yesterday I was in court ... More>>

USA: Investors ‘freaking’ Over Possible Contested Outcome Of Election: Poll

A disputed result in November’s U.S. presidential election is now the number one concern for investors – even ahead of a second wave of Covid-19 – according to a new global survey. The poll carried out by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest ... More>>

ILO: Impact On Workers Of COVID-19 Is ‘catastrophic’

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the ... More>>