Nigeria Decides 2023: How Atiku defeats Tinubu in Buhari, Sirika’s Katsina State
Atiku won in 13 local government areas polling a total of 489,045 to defeat Tinubu who won in 21 areas getting 482,283 leaving a difference of 6,752 in Katsina State, as Nigeria Decides 2023.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has beaten his closest rival Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State.
The result was announced by Muazu Abubakar, the Katsina State Returning Officer.
Katsina is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, a member of the rulling APC. It is also the home state of Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika.
The INEC state REC said Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) also polled 69,386 votes.
Although Tinubu won in 21 local government areas, Atiku, who won in only 13 areas emerged victorious. Katsina state has 34 local government areas.
Although the former governor of Lagos State won in Daura, Kafur and Dutsi local government areas where Messrs Buhari, Masari and Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, hail from, it was not enough to secure victory over Atiku in the state.
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Mr Buhari (Daura), state governor, Aminu Masari (Kafur) and minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika (Dutsi), yet, Tinubu failed to win the state by a slight margin.
Atiku, an indigene of Adamawa State, had repeatedly referred to Katsina State as his second home because of his relationship with the late Shehu Yar’adu’a, a retired major general, who introduced him to politics.
In Katsina metropolis, where Yar’adua hailed from, Atiku got 45,390 while Tinubu got 15, 953.
Below is the breakdown of the votes for APC and PDP per LG areas:
APC – 12008
PDP – 9644
APC – 13681
PDP – 10434
APC – 15062
PDP – 10718
APC – 12868
PDP – 16085
APC – 11259
PDP – 7294
APC – 16759
PDP – 15318
PDP- 12, 582
PDP- 18, 998