- The PDP has claimed another crucial victory over the APC in Zamfara state
- Ibrahim Tukur, the candidate's party in the Bakura constituency by-election defeated the APC's candidate, Bello Dankande
- However, the APC had earlier pulled out of the election after the first ballot was declared inconclusive
Ibrahim Tukur, the People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Bakura constituency by-election in Zamfara state, has been declared the winner.
Channels TV reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Tukur the winner on Wednesday, December 9, four days after the election was conducted.
Legit.ng had reported that the by-election which was conducted on Saturday, December 5, was declared inconclusive by INEC after cancelling the results of 14 polling units in Bakura ward.
The affected units reportedly have a total number of 11,429 votes
The electoral body subsequently announced December 9 as the date for the supplementary election.
According to the INEC's returning officer for the suplementary election, Professor Tanko Yahaya, the PDP candidate polled 23,874 polls to defeat his close challenger, Bello Dankande, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 16,546 votes.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the APC announced that it would not participate in the supplementary election.
The chairman of the APC publicity committee in Zamfara, Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, made the announcement on Tuesday, December 8, a day before the election was conducted.
He explained that the party took the decision to withdraw to enable INEC to complete the process.
However, reacting to the position of the APC, the Zamfara state chapter of the PDP said it is not surprised by the decision of the APC.
In a statement, the PDP chairman in the state, Tukur Danfulani, said his party was delighted that the APC did not accuse them of any wrongdoing in the expression of good sportsmanship in politics.
In other news, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has been sworn in for a second term as the chairman of INEC.
Legit.ng reports that Yakubu, after the swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Council Chambers, State House in Abuja, said elections in the country are getting better.
He added that the recent elections have shown that future polls would be better than the previous ones.
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