The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Gov. Aminu Masari winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Katsina State.

The Returning Officer for the governorship election, Prof Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, said that Masari polled 1,178,864 votes to defeat PDP’s Sen. Yakubu Lado, who scored 488,621 votes in the election.

He said that the state had a total of 3.2 million registered voters.

According to him, the total accredited voters were 1,173,780, while the votes cast were 1,720,638 and 37,593 votes were rejected.

The Returning Officer said that “the APC candidate, Aminu Masari, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored highest number of votes is hereby declared winner and returned elected.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Masari defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen Yakubu Lado and 16 other candidates in all the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.

NAN also reports that the PDP had already rejected the results announced by the INEC.

The PDP state Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Majigiri, alleged that the results declared by the INEC did not tally with the low turnout of voters and the results in custody of their agents.

He said that the party would challenge the results through legal means.

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