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Umar Bago, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared the winner of the governorship election in Niger state.

Clement Allawa, the collation officer in Niger announced the results on Monday in Minna, the state’s capital.

Bago, a member of the house of representatives, representing the Chanchaga constituency, polled 469, 896 votes to defeat his close rival, Isah Kantigi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 387, 476 votes.

“That Mohammed Umar Bago of the APC having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and returned elected on this day March 20, 2023,” Allawa said.

Allawa announced that Bago won in 20 of the 25 LGAs while Kantigi won in five LGAs.

Yahaya Mohammed, the candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP),  came third with 3, 378 votes while the only female candidate in the election Khadijat Abdulahi who contested under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) polled 1, 746 votes.

The state’s collation officer said the number of accredited voters was 899, 488 while  889, 956 was the vote casts.

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