Alhaji Ahmed Babba Kaita of the All Progressives Congress (APC ), has been announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the bye election conducted in the Katsina North Senatorial District.
Prof Hudu Ayuba-Abdullahi, the returning officer, who announced the outcome of the election at 4:42 am in Daura on Sunday said Kaita, a member of the House of Representatives scored 224,607 votes, while his elder brother and a retired customs personell, Alhaji Kabir Babba Kaita of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 59,724 votes.
Abdullahi said the overall number of registered voters was 864,046. The number of accredited voters was 308,500.
According to him, the total votes cast was 294,050, out of which 287,155 votes were counted as valid and 10,891 not accepted.
The News Agency of Nigeria NAN announced that six political parties contested for the seat, which became vacant after the death of Senator Bukar Mustapha. Apart from the APC and PDP, the other parties that took part in the election were Democratic Alliance (DA),Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) MNM and MPN.
Malam Habibu Suleiman the man of the PDP who signed the election outcome, as declared, point at some irregularities.