…Also Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency; PDP, ADC, SDP kick
…Bauchi South Senatorial bye-election too
By Suzan Edeh, Boluwaji Obahopo & Bashir Bello
katsina—All Progressives Congress, APC, APC, has won the Katsina North Senatorial district seat and President Muhammadu Buhari’s zone with a landslide victory, defeating the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with over 160,000 votes.
Similarly, APC candidate, Lawal Yahaya Gumau, won the Bauchi South Senatorial by-election held yesterday across seven local government areas of Bauchi State.
In the same vein, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the candidate of the All APC, Haruna Isah, the winner of the Saturday bye-election conducted for Lokoja /Kogi Federal constituency
The APC flag bearer Ahmad Babba Kaita, for Kastina North Senatorial District, emerged winner after polling 224,607 votes against his closest rival, Kabir Babba Kaita of PDP who polled 59,724 votes.
The INEC Returning Officer, Professor Hudu Ayuba Abdullahi, while announcing the election results in Daura yesterday declared Ahmad Babba Kaita winner having scored the highest number of votes.
According to him, “That Ahmad Babba Kaita having certified the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Prof. Abdullahi stated.
The APC won in all the 12 local government areas that made up the senatorial district.
The 12 LGA’s include, Daura, Kankia, Kusada, Ingawa, Maiadua, Baure, Mashi, Dutsi, Mani, Bindawa, Zango and Sandamu.
The Returning officer, adjudged the election as peaceful as no injury or death was recorded from the conduct of the election.
Other contestants at the election include Green Party of Nigeria, GPN, Mustapha Muhammad Lawal who scored 1,056 votes, Democratic Alternative, DA, Nura Ibrahim, 796 votes, Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN, Aliyu Tasiu Yemel, 633 votes and Masses Movement of Nigeria, MMN, Hussaini Musa with 343 votes.
The election was to fill the vacant seat created by the death of late Senator Mustapha Bukar.
While declaring the results, the Returning Officer of the by-election, Professor Ahmed Sarki Fagam, announced that the APC candidate polled a total of 119,489 votes out of the total number of 256,763 votes cast in the by-election.
The results further indicated that the PDP candidate, Ladan Saliu poled a total of 50,256 votes while the candidate of the Green Party of Nigeria, GPN, who is the immediate past Governor of the State, Isa Yuguda scored 33,479 votes to emerge third.
The Returning Officer further announced that ADC polled a total of 1754 votes, APP polled a total of 11,717 votes, DA polled a total of 467 votes, KP polled a total of 240 votes, MMN polled a total of 429 while MPN polled a total of 322. Others are, PDC 1203 votes, NNPP 22,896 votes and SDP 3800 votes.
Ahmed Sarki Fagam disclosed that the total number of registered voters for the seven local government areas that make up the Bauchi senatorial district is 877,160 out of which a total of 271,703 voters were accredited for the by-election while a total of 256,763 votes were cast out of which 11,111 votes were rejected in accordance with the electoral act due to various electoral defects.
In Lokoja, announcing the result of the election yesterday, the Returning Officer Professor, Rotimi Ajayi, disclosed that the candidate of APC polled 26,860 while the candidate of People Democratic Party (PDP) Engi. Bashir Abubakar scored 14,845 votes to come second at the end of the election.
Ajayi noted that out of tbe 153,470 total number of registered voters in the two local government areas where the election took place, 51,669 voters were accredited for the election.
According to him, “50,036 was the total number of votes casted while 48,165 was recorded as valid votes and 1, 871 votes was declared invalid.
He pointed out that 19,960 votes were cancelled as a result of violence in some polling units in the two local government areas.
Meanwhile, three political parties, PDP, ADC AND SDP who participated in the election in a joint press statement signed by Bode Ogunmola, Ade Ismail and Ochedi Shaibu, State Publicity Secretary of PDP, ADC and SDP respectively rejected the result of the election, described the process as “A broad day robbery.”
“It’s now an obvious fact considering what is presently happening in kogi state as regards the ongoing bye-election that democracy is dead in the state and it will be wrong of us if we did not bring it to the notice of the general public particularly the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and all authorities concerned especially INEC, and The Nigerian Police.”