17th April, 2011
The presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has won the election in Kano, North-West Nigeria, polling 1,624,543 votes, representing 59.172 percent of the 5,137,027 votes cast by the electorate in the state.
The Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Abubakar Abdul-Rasheed while announcing the result, noted that though the election in Kunchi Local Government Area of the ancient city was cancelled, the total result remains valid.
The announced result shows that the presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peopleâ€™s Party, ANPP, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau trailed Muhammadu Buhari, scoring 526,310 votes, which represents 19.17 percent of the total votes cast.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, performed below expectation in the state with 440,665 votes, which is 16.051 percent of the total votes cast, as against the anticipated 25 percent score from the state.
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, polled 42,353 votes, representing 1.543 percent of the total votes cast.
Professor Rasheed said representatives of all the major political parties in the state have accepted the results of the presidential election.
In their reactions, representatives of the various political parties were unanimous, describing the electoral process as free, fair and credible, devoid of violence, intimidation and electoral malpractices.
On the part of the ANPP representative, and the Kano State Coordinator of Shekarau for Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai said the fact that the ANPP, the ruling party in Kano State, lost the election to the CPC in the state, does not mean the end of the party has come, insisting that the party offered Nigerians the best presidential material.
He said the emergence of CPC as the winner of the Presidential election in the state, still leaves much to be desired, as the party according to him, â€œis the worst political party as far as internal party democracy is concerned.â€
The representative of the CPC, Alhaji Kabiru Gwagwanzo welcomed the partyâ€™s victory at the poll, noting that, â€œwe lost the National Assembly election, not because Buhari is not the favoured candidate of Kano people, but because we have been faced with a lot of internal squabbles.â€
The PDP representative Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi said the whole exercise has been transparent, but the cancellation of results from Kunchi Local Government Area reduced the total number of votes secured by PDP.
ByÂ Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano