- The Senate leader, Ali Ndume of the APC, defeats the PDP in the Southern Borno senatorial constituency election
- Ndume is declared winner by INEC having scored the highest votes cast in the Saturday February 23 election
- The senator thanks the people of his constituency who came out enmasse to support him in the election
The Senate Leader, Ali Ndume of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has emerged winner of the Southern Borno senatorial constituency election.
Ndume was declared winner on Sunday, February 24, in Biu by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having scored the highest votes cast in the Saturday’ February 23 election.
Declaring the result, the returning officer, Prof Isa Hassan, said Ndume garnered 300, 637 votes to defeat his closest rival, Kudla Haske, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 84, 608 votes.
Ndume told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after his victory that he was thankful to the electorate for their support.
“I am very humbled and indebted to the people of my constituency who came out enmasse to support me.
“I must commend my people for their resilience, despite attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents on voters at Pulka community, they defied the insurgents to exercise their franchise.
“Despite all the desperation by PDP, we came out victorious. We thank God. We promise to deliver more than 90 percent votes for Mr President and we are keeping the promise,” he said.
Ndume commended INEC for conducting a free, fair and peaceful election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that results of Senate and other House of Representatives election are still being collated in the state.
In another news report, Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser, media and publicity to president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has denied reports that Saraki congratulated APC senator-elect, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oloriegbe, the APC candidate, who contested against Saraki in Saturday’s National Assembly election, won the Kwara central senatorial district.
Olaniyonu in a statement on Monday, February 25, urged party supporters to disregard the report which claimed Saraki conceded defeat to Oloriegbe.
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