The Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has won the election for the seat of Bende Federal Constituency in Abia State.
The All Progressives Congress member was reelected for a second term.
According to the results declared by the Returning Officer, Adindu Chidinma, APC polled 10,020 votes in the constituency, beating the Labour Party with 6,818; Peoples Democratic Party, 3,930; and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, with 301 votes.
Others are APN with 184; YPP, 105; ADC, 90; APP, 72; NNPP, 60; and SDP with 17 votes.
Reacting to his reelection in a message sent to journalists, Kalu partly said, “This is a moment of happiness. This victory is sweet because it came with a lot of hard work and confrontation between those outside and some forces within the party. But in all of these, God has seen the sincerity of our hearts to serve the people of Bende with transparency, honesty, in the spirit of accountability and His name has been glorified.”
Similarly, the lawmaker representing Ede-North/Ede-South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency in Osun State, Bamidele Salam, has won his reelection. He is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party as well as the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs.
Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, hails from Ede, which falls under Salam’s constituency.
The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Dr Muritala Monsuru, of the Department of History, University of Ibadan, who declared the results for the constituency, said Salam polled 64,236 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress opponent, Akeem Atanda, who scored 35,444 votes.
A breakdown of the result showed that Salam beat Atanda in all the four Local Government Areas making up the federal constituency with a margin of 28,792 votes.
In his reaction, Salam expressed gratitude to Almighty God, Governor Adeleke, the Adeleke political dynasty and his constituents for the renewed trust and confidence reposed in him through his re-election.
The lawmaker assured the people of his readiness to rededicate himself to the cause of his engagement as a lawmaker and representative of the people of the constituency.