The National Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Maimala Buni, has emerged the party’s governorship candidate in Yobe after defeating three others in the party’s primary in Damaturu.
Alhaji Umar Kareto, the Returning Officer of the election, announced the results on Monday.
Kareto said Buni polled 2,797 votes to defeat Rep. Sidi Karasuwa who scored 23 votes, Alhaji Umar Ali eight votes and Aji Kolo who netted four votes.
The election, which lasted for about 13 hours, was conducted peacefully with delegates from the 17 local government areas of the state.
The returning officer commended the governorship aspirants and their supporters for their cooperation during the primary and acceptance of the result.
Karasuwa, a serving member of the House of Representatives, conceded defeat and pledged to work for the success of the candidate and party in the 2019 general elections.
Similarly, Alhaji Umar Ali said the primary was a family affair and pledged to commit his political structure to ensure the victory of the party in the 2019 polls.
In his acceptance speech, Buni commended delegates of the party for the confidence reposed in him, saying it is a collective victory for all the contestants and the APC.
He assured that he would run an all inclusive administration that would carry everyone on board to enhance the development of the state.
Dr Ahmed Lawan, the Leader of the Senate, congratulated the candidate, other aspirants and party supporters for the hitch-free conduct of the election.
He said members of the party had exhibited uncommon unity and passion for the party’s growth and development of the state.
The senate leader also commended the three other aspirants for conceding defeat, describing them as compatriots with the spirit of sportsmanship. (NAN)