- Galadu polled 1,072 compared to closest rival Alhaji Umar Tafida's 720 votes to emerge winner
- Second and third-placed Alhaji Buhari Bala and Alhaji Abubakar Gari scored 322 and 28 votes respectively
- Galadu resigned as Saraki's chief of staff in November 2016 but left officially in January 2017
Isa Galadu, a former aide to President of the Nigerian Senate Bukola Saraki, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP's) governorship ticket in Kebbi state.
Daily Sun reports that Galaudu emerged winner after garnering 1,072 votes in the primaries.
On its part, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senator Galaudu got the opportunity to be the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 general elections polled a total of 1,072 votes out of the total 2,226 cast.
His closest rival, Alhaji Umar Tafida scored 720 votes, while Alhaji Buhari Bala and Alhaji Abubakar Gari scored 322 and 28 votes respectively.
NAN reports that the Chairman of the electoral panel, Alhaji Ado Datti, while declaring Galaudu as winner of the primaries, said the election was hitch-free and recorded 20 invalid votes.
Galaudu thanked party members for their support, stating that he was glad to be their preferred candidate.
He said: “I will soon make my campaign manifesto to Kebbi people and it is about having an all-inclusive and responsive governance.
“We shall strive to have a united, secure and economically strong state for the prosperity of all.”
NAIJ.com recalls that Galadu left Saraki's employ in January, 2017 after the Senate president on Tuesday, January 31, accepted his resignation.
A statement by Saraki’s special adviser on media and publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu said Galaudu mentioned his decision to step down in November 2016.
Olaniyonu said the chief of staff said his decision to resign was based on personal reasons. He said Saraki and Galaudu agreed that for end of January for the chief of staff to proceed on his final exit.
Galaudu was a former senator representing Kebbi North Senatorial District in the seventh assembly.
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