Returning Officer for the northwest state, Fatima Mukhtar, said the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 512, 002 votes to defeat his nearest rival, APC’s Ahmad Aliyu, who got 511, 660 votes.
But the spokesman for the APC in the state, Bello Danchadi, rejected the outcome of the election because, according to him, the process was flawed with irregularities.
Danchadi said the margin of 342 votes was far less than the registered voters in polling units where elections were not held.
“We draw the attention of INEC to a number of polling units that were cancelled as result of violent attacks by thugs, while others were arbitrarily cancelled to please certain political party interests,” he said.
“In view of these we deem it necessary to express our disagreement with the action taken by INEC to declare a winner without giving us a fair hearing in our position in the electoral processes.”