By Abdulmumin Giwa,
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has conducted its primaries around 1:00 am on Tuesday where Alhaji Abba Kabiru Yusuf emerged winner as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Abba, also a former commissioner for Works and Housing, belongs to the Kwankwasiyya political movement faction of the party led by Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Over 4,000 delegates casted their votes for the candidates at the Lugard House, the Kwankwasiyya headquarters in Kano.
Announcing the outcome of the election, the Returning Officer and Chairman of the Electoral Working Committee of the PDP Dr. Ezego Emeka Onuoha commended the party members for the peaceful conduct despite attempts to disrupt them.
“Number of accredited delegates 4,130; nominated aspirant, Abba K. Yusuf had 2,400 votes. And by the powers bestowed on the committee of which I am the chairman, we hereby declare Abba K. Yusuf as the candidate to fly the flag of the PDP and to be the governor of this state in 2019” he declared.
In his remark, Abba expressed appreciation to his supporters and promised to work hard for the development of the state when elected governor in 2019.
“Let me seize this opportunity to thank Almighty Allah for giving us the opportunity to participate in this gubernatorial primary election. We want to assure you that we would not let you down. We will bring you closer to the chest by the time we go into the government house” he said.
It would be recalled that the Police in Kano have barred the PDP from conducting its primary elections earlier on Monday stating that there was a court order in relation to the leadership tussle in the party.
A spokesperson of the party accused the police of being partisan for interfering in politics to the extent of obstructing the opposition from conducting its primaries.