Governor Ganduje wins Kano governorship election

Acheme Jack, Kano

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The incumbent governor of Kano state north western Nigeria Dr. Umar Ganduje of the All Progressive Congress, APC has been re-elected to handle the affairs of the state for the next four years as INEC concludes and declares results of the Saturday’s supplementary election.

The Returning Officer, Professor Bello Shehu while declaring the result Sunday night said after the merging of the main election held on the 9th and the supplementary election held on the 23rd all in the month of March, Ganduje of the APC polled a total of 1,033, 695 votes to beat the PDP candidate Abba Kabir who polled 1,024, 713 votes

“Ganduje having contested and satisfied the necessary requirement with the leading vote of 8,982 is declared the winner and hereby returned as the governor of Kano state,” declared Pro. Shehu

Total valid vote cast was 2,199,535 out of the total vote cast of 2,242396 as rejected votes amount to 50,861 votes

The determining rerun election was conducted in 75 registration areas, involving 207 polling units and 279 voting points, with a total number of 128, 324 eligible voters.

The re-run, a product of  an inconclusive governorship election held in Kano on the 9th of March was occasioned by violence in 15 LGAs and over voting in 22 LGAs leading to cancelled votes becoming in excess of the leading vote..

In such a situation, section 26 of the INEC guidelines permits the agency to hold a re-run.

Before the supplementary election the PDP candidate, Abbah Kabir had 1,014,474 votes, while the incumbent governor, Umar Ganduje of APC had 987,819 votes.

The PDP candidate had a leading margin of 2,665 which was erased by the result of the rerun.

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