By Victor Okoye
Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC), won Saturday’s presidential election in Kano and Katsina States by a landslide victory.
INEC Collation Officer in Kano state, Prof. Magaji Garba, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State who announced the result at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, said Buhari polled 1,464,768 votes to defeat his opponents in the poll.
He said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Atiku Abubakar, came second with 391,593 votes, while Donald Duke of Social Democratic Party (SDP) got 635 votes to place third.
According to him, Obadiah Mailafia of African Democratic Congress (ADC) scored 591 votes, Yabagi Yusuf of African Democratic Party (ADP) polled 439 votes and Mr Omoyele Sowore of African Action Congress (AAC), 416 votes.
He said total registered voters in the state stood at 5,391,581 out of which 2,006,410 voters were accredited.
The collation officer announced that total votes cast was 1,964,751, out of which 73,617 votes was rejected.
He added that votes in 17 out of the 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state were cancelled with a total of 43,900 voters affected.
Similarly, INEC also announced that Buhari won the election in Katsina by overwhelming margin.
According to Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, the Collation Officer for the state, said Buhari polled 1,232,133 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Atiku Abubakar, who scored 308,056 votes.
Mukhtar said the state has 3,210,422 registered voters and that 1,628,865 of them were accredited for the election.
She added the state recorded 1,619,185 cast votes, with 1,555,473 valid and 63,712 rejected.
“There were cancellation of votes in 20 polling units across nine out of the 34 LGAs of the state with a total number of 1,2027 affected voters,’’ she said.(NAN)