Senator Umar Kurfi, representing Katsina central at the Nigerian Senate, on Thursday lost his re-election ticket at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primary in the state.
The Katsina centra lawmaker who polled 141 votes, lost the election to Kabir Barkiya, former managing director of Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Barkiya polled 1466 votes to beat Abdulaziz Musa Yar’Adua, younger brother to late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Ibrahim Idah, a former senator.
The results showed that Yar’Adu and Idah polled 913 and 897 votes respectively.
Chairman of the electoral committee, Isha Adamu, who announced the results, said Barkiya met all the set conditions and consequently declared him the winner.
His words: “Today after voting for Katsina Central senatorial district to determine the candidate of the APC, the aspirants scored the following votes: Senator Ibrahim Umar Kurfi scored 141 votes,” Adamu said.
“Senator Ibrahim Idah scored 897 votes, while Abdulraziz Musa Yar’Adua scored 913 votes and Eng. Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya got 1,466 votes with 64 invalid votes.
“Having satisfied the conditions set by the guidelines for the conduct of this election by the APC National Working Committee. I have the honour to declare Eng. Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya as the senatorial candidate for Katsina central.”
The Katsina centra lawmaker is the first senator to lose his re-election bid since the start of the party’s senatorial primaries.