Uba Sani

The Special Adviser to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai on Political and Intergovernmental Affairs, Uba Sani, has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

Sani polled 2,088 votes to defeat incumbent Senator Shehu Sani, who got 15 votes, and three other aspirants.

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Prof. Eddie Floyd-Igbo, the APC electoral chairman for the Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, declared the results of the primaries held at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Sports Multipurpose Hall, Kaduna, on Saturday.

But the APC National Working Committee (NWC) had earlier cleared Sen. Shehu Sani as the sole candidate in the race, which was resisted by the other aspirants and party loyalists in the state.

Earlier on Saturday, Sani who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Domestic and Foreign Debts, had earlier announced his withdrawal from the primaries.

Floyd-Igbo while announcing said that one of the aspirants Usman Ibrahim got 129 votes in the primaries.

He also said Sen. Sani Saleh, who served Kaduna Central people in the Senate from 2011 to 2015 got 55 votes.

Another contestant, Shamsudeen Shehu, got six votes, while 45 votes were declared invalid.

He said 2,383 voters were accredited from seven local government areas of the zone for the primary election.

Meanwhile, INEC has reminded all participants that it would only accept candidates forwarded to it by the national secretariats of the political parties.

The electoral body also gave the parties up till Oct. 7 to submit their candidates for the 2019 general elections.