The candidate of NNPP, Abba Kabir Yusuf has declared winner of the Kano state gubernatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Monday following a neck in neck race between the two parties.
In the Final results announced by Returning Officer, Professor Ahmad Doko Ibrahim, Yusuf polled 1,019,602 while the candidate of APC, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna polled – 890,705 to come second.
Gawuna, who serves as deputy governor of the state, is Abdullahi Ganduje’s anointed candidate, while Abba Yusuf is keenly supported by Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano state and presidential candidate of the NNPP.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Yusuf the winner at the end of the collation across 44 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.
Ahmad Dokko Ibrahim, the returning officer, announced that Yusuf won the election with 1,019,602 votes, while Gawuna got 890,705 votes.
Yusuf contested against Ganduje in 2019 in what was regarded as a very controversial election, which went into supplementary polls.
At the end of the first election, Yusuf was leading Ganduje with 26,655 votes. Yusuf, who was at the time the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) candidate polled 1,014,474 votes while Ganduje got 987,819 votes.
INEC then announced supplementary elections in 28 out of the 44 local government areas in the state.
Ganduje eventually won by scoring 45,876 votes while Yusuf polled just 10,239 in the supplementary polls, thereby undoing his victory in the state.
The final results at the time were 1,033,695 votes for Ganduje and 1,024,713 for Yusuf. Both men were separated by less than 9,000 votes.
Total number of registered voters stood at 5,921,370, while a total of 2,032,955 were accredited to vote. However, the total valid votes, deciding the election were 1,977,872.
Total valid votes: 1,977,872
Rejected votes: 27,092
Total votes cast: 2,084
Margin of victory: 128,897