KANO RERUN: APC’s Jibril Kofa Lost to PDP’s Datti Yako

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The governing political party in Kano State, All Progressive Alliance (APC) lost in its bid to regain its position in the re-run to the Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency held on Saturday.   

The returning officer for the elections, Professor Abdullahi Arabi said the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aliyu Datti Yako was returned as the winner of the bye-elections held on Saturday garnering 48,641 votes to dislodge APC’s Abdulmumumin Jibrin Kofa who polled 13,507.

Arabi said, “Aliyu Datti Yako, having satisfied the positions of the law, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”

But, the party got it right in Dogowa/Tudun Wada federal constituency where its candidate, Alhassan Ado Doguwa was declared the winner of the bye-elections.

Doguwa, who was a former majority leader in the House of Representatives, polled a total of 66,667 votes ahead of his closest rival, Retired Air Commodore Yushau Salisu of the PDP. Salisu got 6,323 votes in the contest and lost.

The returning officer for the election, Professor Mansur Auwalu Bindawa, who announced the results Sunday morning, held that Alhassan polled the highest number of votes and was returned as the winner.

It could be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Kaduna had months ago, nullified the outcome of the elections in these two federal constituencies on the grounds of irregularities recorded during their conduct.  Following this, the court ordered for the conduct of fresh elections in the said constituencies.

Kano state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba said in a statement he signed on Sunday that Hon. Munir Babba Dan’Agundi has also regained his seat to represent Kumbotso federal constituency at the Green Chamber after scoring 32, 114 against the PDP candidate, Hon. Umar Balla who got 31, 258.

He also said that the re-run elections into the Kano state House of Assembly in Madobi, APC scored 25, 403 to beat the PDP which got 23, 625, while in Minjibir the APC polled 18, 455 to defeat the PDP with 17, 607 votes.

Muhammad indicated that other results of the state legislature include Rogo where the APC scored 26, 730 to beat the PDP that got 26, 362; and in Bunkure, the APC clinched the seat with 20, 566 votes against the opposition PDP which scored 19, 941.

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