The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, Mai Mala Buni as the winner of the governorship election in Yobe state.
Naija News reports that Buni polled 444,013 to defeat Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagun of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, who scored 95,703 votes.
The Returning Officer, Professor Abubakar Kunduri, Vice Chancellor Federal University Wukari, Taraba State who declared the results, said: “That Mai Mala Buni of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner and is returned elected”.
Giving a breakdown of the result earlier, Professor Kunduri said 560, 492 stood as the total votes cast, with 546, 391 as the total valid votes, while 14, 101 votes were rejected in the election.
Professor Kunduri declared Buni as the winner of the Yobe governorship election at about 10:50 pm on Sunday, March 10, under the watchful eyes of various political parties’ agents, heads of security agencies, election observers, journalists, as well as other top officials of the electoral umpire.
Meanwhile, the results declared by INEC showed that APC defeated PDP in all the 17 Local Government Areas with a wide margin in the northern State.