Nigerian state swears in new governor

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Barely 24 hours after they were declared winners in the Kebbi governorship re-run election, Alhaji Saidu Dakingari and his Deputy, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, were on Monday sworn-in in Birnin Kebbi.

The State Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Umar, performed the ceremony.

Dakingari said he would continue the policies and programmes that would enhance the living conditions of the people.

He said he would be guided by “justice, equity, accountability and the fear of God.”

The governor also called on the people to remain law abiding and to offer objective criticisms to enable his administration perform better.

“I also assure people in the state that my intentions would be in line with all tenets of good governance.”

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Dakingari described the defection of top ACN and CPC leaders to the PDP as a “boost to security.”

“Their joining the PDP has brought to an end rancour, disunity, violence and enmity among groups,’’ he said.

INEC had earlier presented Dakingari and his deputy, their certificates of return.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who was represented by a Federal Commissioner in Charge of Logistics in the commission, Col. Mohammed Hammaga (Rtd.), presented the certificate to Gov. Dakingari.

The Kebbi Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi, presented the certificate of return to the deputy governor.

The INEC on Sunday declared Dakingari (PDP) winner of the governorship re-run election held on Saturday with 875,492 votes, despite reports of voter apathy and low turn out.