Babangida Loses His Senatorial Ambition In Niger

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As the results of Saturday’s elections continue to trickle in from all corners of the country, reports reaching us say the governor of Niger state, Babaganida Aliyu has lost his bid to be a member of the senate.

The governor who was contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the Niger-East Senatorial District was trounced by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Umaru with a wide margin.

According to, the results announced by the returning officer for the district, Ali Jigam, at the Senatorial Election Collation Centre, College of Education in Minna yesterday, Umaru scored 49,519 votes while Aliyu got 17,209 votes.

The APC candidate scored 18,887 votes in Gurara Local Government Area while the governor had 6,520. In Shiroro LGA, the APC candidate polled 27,191 votes as against 7,519 votes by his PDP counterpart.

In Tafa LGA , the collating officer, Emmanuel Daniya, said that the governor recorded 8,151 votes while the APC candidate had 17,596. Also in Bosso LGA , it was a land slide victory for the APC candidate. He scored 36,250 voters over Aliyu’s 7, 060 votes.

Umaru also won in Munya LGA where he polled 13,666 votes over Aliyu’s 6,635 votes. In Suleja council area, Babangida got 12,648 while his APC counterpart scored 34,326 votes At the time of filing this report, results from Suleja, Paikoro and Rafi LGAs had yet to arrive at the collation centre.

Just about 3 weeks ago, Babangida had boasted that the PDP would win the general elections in spite of increased propaganda from opposition parties.

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