Senator Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared the winner of Nasarawa West senatorial district election with 115,298 votes in the election that was held on Saturday, February 23.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adamu, a former governor of the state, was on Monday, February 25, declared the winner of the poll. He defeated his close rival, Bala Ahmed Aliyu of the PDP, who scored 85,615, to return to the Senate for a third term.
The returning officer, Ahmed Yakubu, made the declaration in Keffi. The returning officer said that the total votes cast was 238,000, valid votes was 232,494 and the rejected votes was 5,506. Yakubu said the number of registered voters was 696,877 and accredited voters were 249,877.
Yakubu said: "Senator Abdullahi Adamu of APC scored 115,298 votes,Alhaji Bala Ahmed Aliyu of PDP scored 85,615 votes, while K’tso Nghargbu of APGA scored 28,857 votes.
"By the power conferred on me as the Returning Officer of this election, I, Ahmed Yakubu, certify that Sen. Abdullahi Adamu of APC having satisfied the requirements of law and secured the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected."
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission in Lafia, the state capital, President Buhari polled 279,315 votes to defeat Atiku who polled 241,419 votes.
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Buhari won in eight local governments while Atiku won in five local governments marking the first time the Peoples Democratic Party has lost Nasarawa state in a presidential election since the return to democracy in 1999.
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The president got his highest number of votes in Lafia, the state capital, where he polled 55,254, while Atiku got his highest votes in Karu local government after polling 49,292.
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