OrderPaperToday – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the bye-elections for Bauchi South senatorial district and Katsina North senatorial district held on Saturday.
The APC candidates in the elections secured both seats ahead their main challengers in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The polls were organized by INEC to produce replacements for Senator Ali Wakili (Bauchi South) and Senator Mustapha Bukar (Katsina North) both of the APC who died in March this year.
Announcing the results of the election for Bauchi South Senatorial district, the returning officer of the election, Ahmed Fadam, said Lawal Gumau emerged the candidate with highest recorded votes.
Gumau, who is a member of the House of Representatives, polled a total of 119,489 votes beating his closest rival, Ladan Salihu of the PDP who scored 50,256 votes. Ex-Governor Isa Yuguda of the Green party of Nigeria (GPN) finished in third place with 33, 079 votes. The APC won in 6 out of 7 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the district while the PDP won just one – Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s Bogoro LGA.
Earlier in the day, in President Muhammdu Buhari’s Katsina North, the APC candidate, Ahmed Babba-Kaita, was declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner, scoring 224,607 votes, while his elder brother, Kabir Babba-Kaita of the PDP recorded 59,724 votes.
The results of the bye-elections in Bauchi and Katsina will further strengthen APC’s claim to majority status in the Senate ahead of the PDP.