Hope for 1st female governor dashed as ‘Mama Taraba’ crashes in Taraba




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Expectations by Nigerians that history would be made at this year’ general election with country getting its first female governor ever has been effectively dashed.
of All Progressives Congress in Taraba, Aisha Al-Hassan, put a strong showing in the well-fought race, has reached the end of the road.
At the end of collation of votes for Saturday’ supplementary election in the state, Hajia Al-Hasan got 13,599 votes to trail the Darius Ishiaku, garnered 53,120 votes.
When the votes earned by both candidates in both the April 11 and April 25 elections are added, Mr. Ishiaku’ cumulative ballots came to 360,318  to the APC’ candidate 275,985.
The Independent National Commission is about to officially declare the PDP candidate the winner of the election.
The 2015 governorship in Taraba State enjoyed huge following across the country with several activists and young people backing the to make history as the first female governor in the country’s history.

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In fact, as of the election from local government areas trickled into in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, on April 11, Al-Hasan, fondly known as Mama Taraba by supporters, at some point overtook her main challenger, Mr. Ishiaku.
This triggered nationwide celebration by people thought Ms. Al-hasan was on her way to dislodging the PDP from the state in a historic win.
But as more votes arrived from remote local , it emerged that Ms. Al-Hasan was actually trailing her challenger.
At the end of ’s final collation that day, the election was declared inconclusive because the margin of Mr. Ishiaku’s  victory was lower the number of registered in areas where elections either did not hold or were cancelled due to irregularities.
Saturday’s supplementary election held in those areas, with Mr. Ishiaku getting the most votes.