By Andy Chukwu
Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Niger State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The result was announced on Sunday night in Minna at the State Collation Centre by the returning officer, Prof. Angela Miri, who announced that Bello scored 526,412 votes.
His closest rival Umar Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 298,065 votes. “Abubakar Sani Bello of APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest votes is hereby returned elected and declared the winner of the March 9, Saturday governorship election in the state,” she said.
Bello won in all the 25 local government areas of the state.
Niger state has 2,387,734 voters registered. But 925,518 voters were accredited for the governorship election, with total valid votes put at 900,817. The number of votes cast was 920,480, while 19,609 votes were rejected.