- Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau is going into the 9th National Assembly as the senator elected with the highest number of votes
- The former governor of Kano is followed closely by senator-elect Bello Mandiya from Katsina state
- South-east senators-elect Uche Ekwunife and Orji Uzor-Kalu got the lowest votes in the incoming Senate
A report by Daily Trust had detailed the senators-elect with the highest and lowest numbers of votes in the incoming 9th Senate.
A former governor of Kano state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau is going into the 9th National Assembly as the senator elected with the highest number of votes.
Shekarau, according to the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was elected to represent Kano Central senatorial district, with 506, 271 votes.
The zone also produced the highest scoring senator in the 2015 elections with Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, then of the All Progressives Congress (APC) recording 758, 383 votes, over 200,000 more votes than Shekarau scored.
The result may not be a surprise, analysts say, with Kano having a total of 4, 696, 474 PVCs collected, being the second highest in the country behind Lagos.
The second highest grossing senator is Bello Mandiya (APC), with 433,139, to beat his opponent Imam Shehu Inuwa (PDP) who scored 158, 081 to represent Katsina South in the Senate.
While Katsina state also produced the third highest scoring senator with Kabir Barkiya also of the APC winning the Katsina Central senatorial seat with 340,800 votes, while his challenger Mani Nasarawa of PDP got 127,520 votes.
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume’s scored 301, 312 votes, against his challenger who scored 84, 692 votes, to retain the Borno South senatorial seat.
This is despite the district being one of the worse hit by Boko Haram insurgency.
While some senators were turning in huge numbers, Senator Uche Ekwunife of the PDP needed only 18, 412 votes to reclaim her senatorial seat of Anambra central, beating her closest challenger with a margin of 4, 009 votes.
It is the lowest number of votes recorded by any senator-elect in the 2019 elections, according to INEC results.
The result is a staggering drop from her score of 101, 548 votes with which she beat notable candidates like then All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chairman Victor Umeh and Chris Ngige of the APC.
Another low-scoring senator is former Abia state governor Orji Uzor Kalu (APC) who needed only 30, 580 votes to beat his PDP rival who scored 8, 640 fewer votes to clinch the Abia North senatorial seat.
It is not surprising though that the two lowest scoring senators are from the south-east, which recorded a drop in the voter turnout in all the states in the region and has a total number of eligible voters (with PVCs) at 8,293,093.
This figure is at least 10 million lower than the Northwest region which comprises states like Kano and Katsina.
Despite the disparity in the number of votes recorded and the sizes of the various constituencies, as well the numbers of the electorate each senator is representing, the senators have equal rights on the floor of the red chamber and will receive the same allowances for constituency projects.
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Meanwhile, the ruling APC may have settled for some key members of the party to lead the incoming federal legislature.
The party is said to be intent on avoiding its mistake that led to leadership crisis in the outgoing 8th National Assembly, and its leaders are putting heads together to select their choice of candidates for leadership positions in the federal legislature.
Several meetings have been held in Abuja to get the APC hierarchy to zero in on trusted legislators it feels would make the job of President Muhammadu Buhari, who now has a second term of four years, easier.
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