KOTA KINABALU: It was a night of shock victories and defeats as official and projected results came in for Sabah.
Among the biggest casualties was Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili(pic) losing his Kota Marudu seat.
Unofficial results also indicated Parti Warisan's influence crumbling with the opposition party looking likely to retain only three of nine seats.
Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) and its state government partner Barisan Nasional looked set to sweep at least 14 of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah just before midnight on Saturday (Nov 19).
National Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan was set to take six seats with Penampang, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan confirmed. However, its state chairman Datuk Christina Liew failed to defend her Tawau seat, losing it to GRS' Lo Su Fui.
Meanwhile, Independents Verdon Bahanda and Riduan Rubin are unofficially projected to win the Kudat and Tenom seats respectively.
Fledgling Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat's (KDM) Datuk Wetrom Bahanda, Verdon's brother, also gave the party its first seat in Parliament. Unofficial results showed he had unseated federal minister Ongkili, a six-term incumbent since 1995.
Pakatan's Upko president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau was in a neck-and-neck race with GRS candidate Datuk Joniston Bangkuai of PBS.
Other unofficial results had Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal retaining Semporna while his brother Yusof won in Lahad Datu.
Warisan's Kota Belud incumbent Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis defeated former federal minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan from Umno.
Incoming Upko president Datuk Ewon Benedick wrested the Penampang seat from Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking.
In other official results, Barisan's Wanita Umno division chief Datuk Siti Aminah Aching won in Beaufort while Kota Kinabalu incumbent Chan Foong Hin (Pakatan-DAP) retained his seat.
Sabah Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin also claimed victory in Kinabatangan while the coalition also won in Libaran, Kalabakan, Kimanis and Pensiangan.
GRS has officially won Keningau and Tawau with unofficial counts showing it has taken Papar, Sipitang, Ranau and Batu Sapi.
Perikatan Nasional's sole candidate Datuk Ronald Kiandee retained his Beluran seat.