Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has emerged victorious in the presidential election held in Katsina state, which is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) presidential election collation center in Katsina, Atiku secured a total of 489,045 votes, defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) which got 482,283 votes. The candidate of the National New Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, emerged third with 69,386 votes, while the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, received 6,376 votes.[/b]
The state’s returning officer and vice chancellor of the Federal University Gusau, Professor Muazu Abubakar Gusau, declared Atiku the winner of the election. It is noteworthy that Katsina state has always been a stronghold of the APC and President Buhari, and the victory of the PDP candidate in the state is considered a significant upset.
According to INEC, a total of 3,516,719 people were registered to vote in the state, but only 1,097,663 of those people were accredited to vote in the election. The voter turnout was thus approximately 31.16%.