The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Bala Mohammed, has won the Bauchi State governorship election.
He defeated the incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress.
According to the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission at 11.18pm on Monday, Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, polled a total of 515,113 votes to defeat Governor Abubabakar who got 500,625 votes.
According to the results, Mohammed had a landslide victory in seven local government areas out of the 20 in the state while Abubabakar on the other hand, won in 13 LGAs with slimmer margins.
The state Returning Officer, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, who announced the result at exactly 11.18pm on Monday said, “I, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, declare that I was the Returning Officer of the election in Bauchi State and that Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of the PDP, have satisfied the requirements of the law and having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner and is returned elected.”
INEC, had on Monday resumed the collation of results of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state, after a Federal High Court Abuja vacated an order, which it gave on March 19.
Congratulation from Governor M.A Abubakar
Governor MA Abubakar of Bauchi State has congratulated his opponent, Bala Mohammed of PDP who has been announced by state Returning Officer, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, INEC as governor – elect after a tough contest.
Ali M.Ali, media aide to the incumbent said in a statement that “Gov Abubakar wishes to congratulate Governor-elect of Bauchi state Senator Bala Mohammed .
“I congratulate my brother, Sen Bala on this victory at the polls.
“I am delighted to note that in-spite of the intensity of the campaigns in our dear state, a peaceful election took place without bloodshed.
“Let me therefore invite the Governor-elect to join me in working out the process of a smooth transition.
“I sincerely thank the entire people of Bauchi state for their support to my administration and urge them to extend the same to the incoming administration.
“I also urge governor-elect to caution his supporters to be law abiding while celebrating since the period of campaigns is now over”,the statement said.