After the April 11 governorship elections, held in 28 states across the country, the All Progressive Congress (APC) expected to claim the title of producing the first elected female governor of Nigeria in the person of Sen. Aisha Alhassan. Alhassan decamped from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) some months ago.
Hopes of the APC became dim the moment the April 11 elections in the state was declared inconclusive and a re-run was declared. At the time of the declaration, former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Darius Ishaku, the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was leading at the pools.
The conclusion of the re-run ended in victory for the Ishaku, the PDP as the the returning officer announced him winner with 369,318 votes while Alhassan got a total of 274,985 votes, and Chief David Kente of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) trailed at 3rd place with trailing 29,966 votes.
The returning officer, Prof Kyari Mohammed, said that the state had a total of 1,461,645 registered voters but only 787,516 came out to cast their votes. The total number of valid votes were 681,166 while the total number of invalid votes were 174,131.
The APC agent, Alhaji Gambo Umar, rejected the results as he declared that the party would be heading to the elections tribunal. The PDP agent, Mr .Rebo Usman, said it was a victory well deserved.