The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Mala Buni of Yobe as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Buni of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 317,113 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Sherif Abdullahi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 124, 259 votes.
Professor Umaru Pate, the INEC Returning Officer for the state, and who is also the vice-chancellor, of Federal University Kashere in Gombe, announced the result in Damaturu, the state capital on Sunday, saying Buni has satisfied all provisions of the Electoral Act.
“That Buni Mai Mala of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner of the election, and returned elected,” he said.
Garba Umar of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) came a distant third with 14,246 votes, while Arabi Mohammed of the Action Alliance (AA) polled 3,260.
The number of registered voters was 1,485,141, while the number of total accredited voters was 459,492 and the number of valid votes in the election was 444,567. Rejected votes were 13,214 and the total votes cast were 457,781.