In what turned out to be a keenly contested governorship primaries in Kogi APC, Prince Abubakar Audu has defeated other contestants .
Declaring the results in the early hours of Sunday, the Chief Returning Officer for the primaries, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State announced that Prince Abubakar Audu polled the highest number of votes to defeat his closest rival, Alh. Yahaya Bello.
The Governor appealed to other contestants in the race to accept the result, saying the Electoral Panel did all within its powers to ensure a free and fair primary election.
“What we have seen here today is a reflection of the change we represent. We have ensured the conduct of a free and fair primary election which has reflected the true wishes of our party in the state. I urge you all to embrace the outcome and work for the success of our party in the next governorship election “, he said.
Also speaking after the primaries, one of the aspirants, Dr. Hameed Yaqeen hailed the process as free, fair and transparent.
Factors that shaped the election
Prior to the primaries, many believe that the contest will be tight. But the stepping down of one of the frontrunners, Barr. Tunde Irukera changed the contest.
It was said that an alliance was formed between the main forces in the election.
Sanusi Abubakar Gamji, billionaire businessman became a forerunner with the alleged support of the three Senators in the state.
However, the forces working for the emergence of Prince Audu changed the game with last minute horse trading.