Former Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery company, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, has gained victory to represent the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship race in Nasarawa state for the 2019 general elections.
Fifty-nine-year-old Sule’s victory was announced in Lafia by Ismail Ahmed, chairman of APC electoral committee represented by the secretary, Abdullahi Candido, after the keenly contested primary by 11 aspirants.
According to reports, Sule polled 926 votes to defeat the Deputy Governor, Silas Agara and nine other aspirants who participated in the exercise.
Aliyu Wadada, a former lawmaker representing Karu/Keffi/ Kokona federal constituency at the National Assembly, placed second having polled a total of 517, while the deputy governor emerged third with 356 votes.
Other aspirants include: Halilu Envuluanza, a former Executive Secretary of the National Judicial Council, who polled 246 votes; Arc. Ja’faru Ibrahim, member representing Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency garnered 105 votes while Alhaji Zakari Idde former APC National Vice chairman scored 88 votes.
Dr. Dauda Kigbu, Arc. Shehu Tukur, Mohammed Maikaya, James Angbazo and Hassan Liman (SAN) polled Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven and Four votes respectively.
He said that 2,341 delegates were expected to participate in the primary election, out of which 2,337 were accredited. All the accredited voted.
He explained that 19 votes were voided for either double thumb printing or thumb printing on margin between boxes of two aspirants.
Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Al-Makura has commended the peaceful, transparent and fair conduct of the election describing it as the hallmark of the party’s change mantra.