Abba Yusuf, the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has won the Kano governorship election, defeating Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gawuna, who serves as deputy governor of the state, is Abdullahi Ganduje’s anointed candidate, while Abba Yusuf is keenly supported by Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano state and presidential candidate of the NNPP.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Yusuf the winner at the end of the collation across 44 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.
Ahmad Dokko Ibrahim, the returning officer, announced that Yusuf won the election with 1,019,602 votes, while Gawuna got 890,705 votes.
Yusuf contested against Ganduje in 2019 in what was regarded as a very controversial election, which went into supplementary polls.
At the end of the first election, Yusuf was leading Ganduje with 26,655 votes. Yusuf, who was at the time the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) candidate polled 1,014,474 votes while Ganduje got 987,819 votes.
INEC then announced supplementary elections in 28 out of the 44 local government areas in the state.
Ganduje eventually won by scoring 45,876 votes while Yusuf polled just 10,239 in the supplementary polls, thereby undoing his victory in the state.
The final results at the time were 1,033,695 votes for Ganduje and 1,024,713 for Yusuf. Both men were separated by less than 9,000 votes.