Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been named the new governor of Zamfara State by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Early on Tuesday, the winner was declared to be Lawal in Gusau, the state capital.
He received 377,726 votes overall, defeating Bello Matawalle of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who received 311,976 votes, according to INEC.
The announcement coincided with some minor drama surrounding the presentation of the Maradun Local Government Area, LGA, results.
Recall that Ahmed Kainuwa, the LGA’s collection officer for the Maradun Local Government Area, was reported to have been shot on Monday.
Kainuwa later reappeared, nevertheless, at the INEC headquarters at Gusau’s state collation center.
“I, Kashim Shehu, now certify that I will serve as the Returning Officer for the general elections for 2023, which will be placed on March 18 in Zamfara state. In accordance with the law, Lawal Dauda of the PDP has officially pronounced the victor and re-elected as governor of the state of Zamfara, Mr. Shehu remarked.
There are 14 local government areas in Zamfara State; Mr. Lawal won 10 of them, and Mr. Matawalle took home the other four.