Prince Abubakar Audu, a former governor of Kogi State, has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election held in the state capital, Lokoja, from Saturday night till Sunday.
Announcing the results, the Chairman of the Electoral Panel and Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, said that Audu, who was governor from 1999-2003, polled 1, 109 votes to beat his closest rival, Yahaya Bello, who scored 703 votes.
He also declared that Senator Nurudeen Abatemi came third with 400 votes, Mr Sanusi Abubakar, who was placed fourth scored 309 votes, while Hajiya Hadiza Ibrahim, the only female among the 28 aspirants, scored four votes was placed in fifth position.
According to El-Rufai, out of the 3,548 delegates, 3,044 were accredited by the Electoral Panel, while 29 votes were declared invalid.
He also commended the aspirants for their maturity and commitment to the ideals of the party and urged Audu to cooperate with the losers to eschew their political differences and work together to ensure the victory of the party in the election slated for Nov. 21.
Audu, who, in his response, described the result of the election as “no victor, no vanquished,’’ thanked members of the electoral panel for making the election transparent, free and fair.
He commended all the aspirants for their courage and conduct before and during the primary election.