The Incumbent governors of Kaduna and Delta States, Nasir El-rufai and Ifeanyi Okowa, have been re-elected into office.
Mohammed Bello, the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kaduna declared El-rufai, winner of Saturday’s election after securing the highest votes in the poll.
El-Rufai, who ran under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 1,045,427 votes to defeat Isha Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 814,168 votes.
He won in 15 of the 23 Local Government Areas, while Ashiru won in eight LGAs.
Shortly after the results were announced, the re-elected governor took to Twitter to thank the people of the state.
He wrote, “Alhamdulillah! We campaigned vigorously on our record and continuously prayed for God to choose the best leader for Kaduna State even if that choice is someone else!! God has decided. We are grateful to over 1 million Kaduna voters through whom He made us the choice.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has rejected the results of the election, accusing INEC of conspiring with the ruling APC.
Speaking at the collation centre, Jerry Ishaya, the party’s agent, said the result was not the true reflection of the votes cast on Saturday.
According to him, the party’s agents in Zaria, Kabau, Kaduna north, Kaduna south, Igabi, Soba and Lere local government areas of the state said card readers were not used at all.
“We have formally written the INEC that card readers were not used in those local government areas mentioned. Our agents told us how security agents overpowered them in some areas,” he said.
“The results were manipulated in collaboration with the INEC, security agents.”
Also, Professor Seth Acrajaja, the INEC’s Returning Officer from the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, declared Okowa winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Delta State by the INEC, having polled majority of the votes.
Okowa of the PDP, defeated Great Ogboru of the APC to retain his seat for another four years.
The REC said the winner polled 925, 274 votes to defeat Ogboru by a landslide, who only got 215,938 votes.