Former Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has emerged the winner of the gubernatorial primary election of the All Progressive Congress, APC for Kaduna State ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial polls.
El-Rufai defeated other four aspirants in a primary election that started Thursday, December 4, 2014 and lasted through the early hours of Friday.
The result was announced by 8:30am, Friday.
The Zaria born El Rufai pulled 1,965 votes, Isah Ashiru pulled 1,379 votes, Haruna Sa’eed pulled 127 votes, Shamshudeen Abdullahi Ango pulled 25 votes while Salihu Mohammed Lukman pulled 22 votes.
Announcing the result at the Kaduna International Trade Fair Complex, venue of the primary, returning officer Prince Ekenyem Orizu said accredited delegates were 3557, total vote cast 3546, valid vote cast 3518 and invalid votes were 28.
Prince Orizu who declared Mallam El-rufai as commended the manner in which the delegates comported themselves during the election, while calling on the unsuccessful aspirants to rally round the winner to ensure that the party emerge victorious at the 2015 general elections.
In his acceptance speech shortly after he was declared winner, Mallam El-rufai thanked all who supported him and particularly those who contested with him and have accepted defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship.
“I commend the transparent, free and fair manner the election was conducted and I’m calling on other aspirants to join me in the struggle to make Kaduna State great again as a big family. I will visit other aspirants so that we can unite to vote out PDP in 2015.”
“My priority among others will be to fix the education sector by providing free education from primary school to junior secondary school level, just as the APC government will bring to an end the insecurity not only in Kaduna State but in the country at large,” he said.