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Buhari defeats Atiku with landslide margin in Kano

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Nigeria president Muhammad Buhari has defeated his main contender, Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election in Kano.

President Buhari, who is the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 1,464,768 votes. PDP candidate Atiku, who polled 391,593 votes.

Declaring the presidential results in the early hours of Tuesday, the state returning officer, vice chancellor of Federal University, Gusau, Magagi Muhammad Garba, said the presidential election was transparent and party agents attested to the smooth conduct of the poll.

President Buhari won Kano with different of 1,073,175 votes equivalent to 79.4 per cent while Atiku’s 391,593 indicated 20.6 per cent.

PDP’s attempt to clinch 25 per cent of Kano votes in the presidential elections may have been dashed.

Reacting to the outcome of the result, agent of PDP and former Secretary of State Government in Kano, Rabiu Bichi said the election was marred with irregularities including over voting, card reader failure in some centres and cases of use of incitement which was against the rules of the electoral law.

On the contrary, APC agent, retired General Idris Bello Danbazau expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the result and commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for coordinated performance.


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