APC wins Jigawa, Gombe, Yobe guber polls
All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the governorship elections in Jigawa, Gomber and Kebbi states.
Malam Umar Namadi of the APC was declared winner of the Jigawa State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Umar Zaiyan of Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, announced the result on Sunday in Dutse.
Zaiyan said that Namadi scored 618,449 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Mustapha Sule Lamido, who polled 368,726 votes.
He said: “I, Prof. Umar Zaiyan, hereby certify that Umar Namadi of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the Law, is declared the winner of Jigawa governorship election.”
According to him, 1.07 million voters were accredited in the March 18 election with 1.05 million votes cast, out of which 1.03 million votes were the total valid votes cast at the exercise.
The 60-year-old politician and chartered accountant also defeated Malam Aminu Ringim of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) who clinched 37,156 votes.
Namadi, the incumbent deputy governor of the state, was born on April 7, 1963, and obtained degree in Accountancy and Masters degree in Business Administration from Bayero University, Kano.
In Gombe, INEC declared Governor Inuwa Yahaya as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Maimuna Waziri, the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State declared the result in Gombe on Sunday.
Waziri said that Yahaya of the APC scored 342,821 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Jibrin Barde of the PDP, who polled 233,131 votes.
She said that Khamisu Mailantarki of the NNPP polled 19,861 votes while Keftin Amuga of Labour Party polled 1,753.
Waziri said that the number of registered voters was 1,575,794, while 618,231 voters were accredited adding that the number of valid votes was 605,355, while 11,390 votes were rejected and 616,745 total votes cast.
Yahaya won in nine out of the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, while the difference between APC and PDP scores was 109,690 votes.
INEC also declared Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Umaru Pate, announced the result in Damaturu on Sunday.
Pate said that Buni of the APC polled 317,113 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Alhaji Sherif Abdullahi of the PDP who scored 124,259 votes.
“That Buni Mai Mala of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner of the election, and returned elected,” he said.
Pate, also the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Kashere in Gombe State, said Alhaji Garba Umar of the NNPP came a distant third with 14,246 votes, while Arabi Mohammed of the Action Alliance (AA) polled 3,260.
He said the number of registered voters was 1,485,141, while the number of total accredited voters was 459,492, saying that the number of valid votes was 444,567, while the number of rejected votes was 13,214 and the total votes cast was 457,781.