BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has emerged winner of Saturday’s presidential election in Kebbi State with 285,175 votes.
The State Collation Officer, Prof. Usman Saidu, while presenting the result in Birnin Kebbi, said the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, polled 248,088 votes.
Saidu disclosed that the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, also scored 10,682 votes, while the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso scored 5,038 votes.
He gave the state’s total registered voters as 1,983,985; number of accredited voters as 599,201; total votes cast as 591,475; total valid votes-559,522, while 31,953 votes were rejected.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the declaration of the result, the Director-General, PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Kebbi State and party agent, Bala Dole, expressed appreciation to the people at the results.
He, however, claimed that if not for some “little hitches”, his party would have gotten more votes.
Also, the APC agent, Ja’afar Ahmed, complained about the result, insisting that the exercise was characterised by violence, late arrival of election materials, malfunctioning of BVAS as well as inducement in different forms.
Responding, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Ahmed Bello-Mahmud expressed appreciation that the elections were conducted peacefully, fairly, credibly and conclusively collated and devoid of any rancour.
He appealed to the electorate to maintain the tempo in the forthcoming elections for the good of all.