The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared Usman Ali-Baba, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the Kaduna State house of assembly by-election for Sabon Gari Constituency.
Muhammadu Nurudeen of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and the returning officer, while announcing the results on Saturday night, said Ali-Baba of the PDP scored 9,113 votes to defeat his closest rival from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Musa Ahmed Musa, who scored 7,404 votes.
INEC had in May scheduled the by-election for June 19, after the seat for Sabon Gari constituency became vacant due to the failure of its former occupant, Aminu Shagali, of the APC to attend one-third of the assembly meetings.
Shagali, the immediate past speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, had represented Sabon Gari constituency since 2011.
In April, he kicked against the house for declaring his seat vacant, insisting that he had not decamped from his party and warned that he would seek legal redress.
However, the election, which witnessed low voters’ turnout on Saturday, was held in Muchia, Chikaji, Jushin Waje, Unguwan Gabas, Zabi and Hanwa wards of Sabon Gari constituency.
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The candidate of the PDP defeated five others from the ruling APC, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Action Democratic Party (ADP) and was announced the winner by INEC.
The PRP scored 305 votes, while ADC scored 62 votes and ADP 61 votes.