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There was tension in northern Nigeria’s most populous state on Sunday after the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje, winner of the Kano State governorship supplementary election held Saturday.
The election marred by violence and massive rigging and intimidation came after President Muhammadu Buhari’s anointed party man lost the first election in March with over 26,000 votes to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Abba Yusuf.
Back then, Yusuf was leading Ganduje with about 26,000 votes after he polled 1,014,474 votes to Ganduje’s 987,819 votes.
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However, local newspapers report that followimg the supplementary election held in 28 out of the 44 local government areas in the state, Ganduje won by scoring 45,876 votes to Yusuf’s 10,239.
The State Returning Officer Bello Shehu announced that Ganduje scored a total 1,033,695 votes while Yusuf polled 1,024,713 votes.
The winning margin is 8,982 between the two major candidates.