PDP wins Taraba governorship poll, upsets APC in Kano


The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Abba Kabir-Yusuf, has scored the highest number of votes from results of the 44 local government areas in Kano State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the State, Riskuwa Shehu, had ordered fresh collation of results from the wards in Nasarawa Local Government Area, after the local government collation centre was attacked and the main result sheet reportedly torn.

However, Kabir-Yusuf, a son-in-law of ex-governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, won the pending local government which had delayed the final announcement of governorship election result.

After collating the results from 10 wards of the local government last night, PDP scored 54,349, votes while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 34,297 votes.

Based on the results collated at the state collation centre, the PDP, which had earlier polled 960,004 votes from 43 local governments areas garnered a total of 1,014,353 votes.

The APC, which had polled 953,522 votes from 43 local government areas now has 987,819 votes.

In Taraba, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba has been declared the winner of governorship polls.

The INEC returning officer of the state, Prof. Shehu Iya of the Federal University of Technology, Yola made the announcement at the state collation center in Jalingo.

The Returning Officer announced that Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), having scored the highest votes of 520,433 was returned and declared re-elected.

He added that Ishaku defeated his closests rival, Alhaji Sani Abubakar of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who polled 362,735, while Sen. Aisha Alhassan of the United Democratic Party (UDP) polled 16,289 to come third.

Iya said the PDP won in 12 local government councils of the state, while APC won in four local government areas.

Agents of the political parties that participated in the election accepted and signed the result, excluding that of APC.

In his victory remark, Ishaku thanked the elwctorate for the overwhelming support which gave him a resounding victory.

He pledged to sustain his development strides in order to put the state on the path of sustainable growth.

He called on traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to continue to champion the crusade for peaceful co-existence among residents.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the declaration, Police Commissioner in Taraba, Mr. Alkasim Sanusi, described the exercise as one of the best in the history of the country.

Sanusi, however, warned against post-election violence, adding that anybody caught perpetrating an act of lawlessness would face the full wrath of the law.

Also, Alhaji Bello Yero, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the victory for the governor is a continuation of the rescue agenda.

“The governor has done so much for the people of the state and deserved a second term.

“Governor Ishaku is a man of peace, a man of integrity, a man of wisdom and a caring leader who is committed to development of the State,” he said.

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