April 27, 2011

Kano returns Kwankwaso to power

By AbdulSalam Muhammad
Former Defense minister, Muhammad Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the Peoples Democratic Party was returned to power by million of Kano electorates in a keenly contested Governorship election.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former civilian Governor of the state in 1999-2003 lost his second term bid to the outgoing Governor and ANPP Presidential flag bearer, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau.

Announcing the final result in close contest between other political parties, the Returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed stated that Kwankwaso won the race with 1,108,345 votes representing 46 percent of the total votes cast.

Professor Adamu Rasheed revealed that the Alhaji Salihu Sagir of ANPP pulled 1,048,317 votes representing 43 percent of the total vote cast.

The Retuning Officer revealed that the CPC candidate and former Military Administrator of Kaduna state, Brigadier Lawal Jafaru Isa polled 175,143 votes representing 7.27 percent.

Professor Rasheed further declared that the ACN candidate and incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Abdullahi Muhammad Tijjani Gwarzo secured 54,015 representing 2.24 percent.

Professor Rasheed revealed that over 2.4million voters out of 5,190,382 registered voters in Kano participated in the governorship election that recorded over 67,420 votes.

The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano stated that the winner of the April 26 election in the state secured one third of the total vote cast in all the 44 local council of the state.

The PDP won in 30 seats in the 40 member state House of Assembly, while its closet rival, the ANPP secured 10 seats in the final result declared by INEC Wednesday

Professor Rasheed formal announcement of Rabiu Kwankwaso as winner of the election threw the city into wild jubilation, as millions of his supporters spontaneously poured into streets in celebration.