The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Dr. Dikko Umar-Radda of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the March 18 governorship election in Katsina State.
The result was announced on Sunday in Katsina by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Muazu Abubakar-Gusau.
The Returning Officer, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Gusau, said Umar-Radda polled 859,892 votes to emerge the state governor-elect.
He said Umar-Radda defeated his closet rival, Senator Yakubu Lado-Danmarke of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 486,620 votes.
Abubakar-Gusau added that the election was contested by candidates of 13 political parties.
He said the number of registered voters in the state was 3,516,719, while the number of accredited voters for the election was 1,399,291.
He added that the number of rejected votes was 20,579, while the total valid votes was 1,365,848 and the total votes cast was 1,386,427.
He said the election was cancelled in 88 polling units due to some irregularities like violence and over voting.
He then declared: “Having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, Dikko Umar-Radda of the APC is hereby declared winner and returned elected.”