By Our Correspondent
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Dr Aminu Ibrahim Korami of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of yesterday’s state assembly by-election for the Bakori constituency seat, Katsina state.
A university don, Federal University, Dutsinma (FUDMA) and returning officer for the exercise, Prof Aminu Dalha Kankia, announced the results in Bakori in the wee hours of Sunday .
Kankia said the APC candidate polled 20,446 votes while his closest rival, Aminu Magaji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 11,356 votes.
He commended stakeholders including security agencies for their maturity and understanding before, during, and after the election.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have continued to pour in for the ruling party and for Korami, for emerging victorious at the poll.
Governor Aminu Masari was presented with outcome of the election at his private residence at the Layout area of the metropolis, by party delegation led by its chairman, Shittu S. Shittu.
Masari, while recieving poll outcome, commended the party, its election committee, and other stakeholders who ensured a successful outing during the exercise.
He, however, called on the winner to hit the ground running by coming up with bills that would lead to an improved socio-economic environment for his constituency.
On his part, Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Mustapha Inuwa said the win has shown that the APC is still formidable force as far as elections in the state are concerned.
Inuwa said the win is a foretaste of better things to come for the party, especially during the next general elections across the country.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Jibril Zarewa had told newsmen in Bakori that coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols were observed during the exercise.
Zarewa said 13 political parties participated in the poll, including the ruling APC, PDP and the Accord Party.
Despite security challenges brought about by activities of bandits in the southern part of the state where Bakori is located; the exercise was generally peaceful.
There were reports of heavy security in the council area during the poll, as well as reports of low turnout of voters across the constituency.
The Bakori constituency seat became vacant after death of lawmaker representing the area, Hon. AbduRazaq Tsiga after an ilnesss in May this year.