Hopes of female governor finally dashed, as PDP’s Ishaku wins Taraba

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Darius Ishaku of the People’ Democratic (PDP) has won the Taraba supplementary governorship election held on Saturday.

The Returning Officer, Prof Kyari Mohammed, who announced the result on Sunday in Jalingo, said Ishaku scored 369,318 votes to emerge victorious.

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He said Sen. Aisha Alhassan of the All Progressives Congress () came with 275,984 votes, while Chief David Kente of the Democratic Party (SDP), polled 29, 966 votes.

The returning officer said the there were 1,461,645 total registered voters in the , of which 787,516 were accredited for the election.

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Mohammed said that the total valid votes cast were 681,166, while the total votes rejected was 174,131.

The April 11 governorship election in Taraba was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) due to widespread irregularities.

INEC, on April 25, conducted supplementary election in 218 polling units in 10 council areas of the state.

The APC agent, Alhaji Gambo Umar, however, rejected the result stating that the party would challenge it in court.

On his part, the PDP agent, Mr Rebo Usman, said, “this is a well deserved ”.