Buhari mauls Atiku in Kaduna, Borno, Jigawa

Prof. Bello Shehu, the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday presented the result of the presidential election held in Kaduna state.

He presented the result to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to Shehu. President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the Feb. 23 election with 993,445 votes.

Prof. Bello Shehu, the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result on Monday in Kaduna.

Shehu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, scored 649,612 votes in the poll.

Total number of registered voters was 3,861,033.

1,757,868 voters were accredited while 1,709,005 cast their vote.

The total number of valid votes stood at 1,663,603 while rejected votes were 45,402

Details of the presidential and national assembly elections in the state indicated that APC won in 14 local government areas of the state, while the PDP won in nine local government areas.

In Borno, Buhari, won all the 27 local governments in Borno State with a wide margin, polling 836, 496 votes to defeat his rival, Atiku Abubakar of  People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The results from all the 27 local governments collated at the INEC state Collation Centre at Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri late Monday night indicated that Atiku scored 71,788 votes out of the total vote cast of 955, 202.

A total of 919, 783 votes were recorded as valid while 35,419 votes were rejected for various reasons. Collation of votes in the state started on Sunday noon and progressed till the late hours of Monday.

Buhari got the largest votes of 146,157 from Maiduguri metropolis, which has the biggest electoral wards in the state to defeat Atiku’s 9, 632 votes. Gwoza Local Governments, home of Buhari’s political ally and Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) followed with 96, 752 votes for Buhari and 1,791 votes for Atiku.

In Jigawa, Buhari scored 794,738 votes to beat Atiku who polled 289,895 votes.

Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, Vice Chancellor of Usman Danfodio University Sokoto, who is the State Collation Officer for the election, announced and presented the result to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

He said that Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 794,738 to defeat his closest rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who got 289,895 votes.

Zuru explained that a total of 1,106,244 votes were valid, 43,678 rejected and 1,149,922, the total number of votes cast during the exercise.

He thanked INEC ad hoc staff that were recruited for ennsuring the successfull conduct of the election.

The Collation Officer also commended security operatives for their support and cooperation in ensuring a free, fair and credible election.

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