The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Musa Mohammed, has been returned winner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primary election for the Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency.
The speaker polled 81 votes, Adams Nyisam polled 10 votes, Garba Mohammed 5 votes and Joseph Ogbere 3 votes respectively.
Mukaila Shuaibu, chairman of the electoral committee, who announced the result of the election conducted on Saturday
, declared the speaker the winner.
He commended all the aspirants for their display of maturity and support towards the peaceful conduct of the exercise.
Reacting to the election, the Speaker, Mr. Mohammed, commended the party for providing a level-playing field and said that he will reach out to other aspirants in other to work together for the general elections.
“The conduct of the primary election had further demonstrated that the PDP was truly democratic by upholding the tenet of fairness,” he said.
However the deputy speaker, Elisah Agwadu, lost to Joseph Kigbu in Lafia-Obi federal constituency.
Mr. Kigbu is the incumbent member representing the constituency in the House of Representatives.
Declaring the result at the state party secretariat, the returning officer, Sabo Benge, said that Mr. Kigbu scored 48 votes to win the primaries contested with other 3 aspirants.
“Kigbu polled 48 votes while Elisha Agwadu scored 22, Sidi Bako got 18 votes while Obed Joseph got 1 vote,” he said.
Mr. Benge said that 90 delegates were accredited from Lafia and Obi Local Government Areas to participate in the election. He said only 88 delegates voted and that two people did not vote.
The election, which was held under heavy security presence and was supervised by Augustine Agabed from the national headquarters of the PDP, was however peaceful.
Mr. Kigbu described the election as representing the wishes of the people of his constituency and promised to carry other aspirants along.