The APC has won the Katsina senatorial by-election, a boost at a time when it is facing mass defections in parliament and elsewhere.
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the senatorial by-election in Katsina State after its candidate, Ahmad Babba Kaita, polled the most votes from the exercise conducted on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Babba-Kaita who is currently a member of the federal House of Representatives, polled a vote total of 224,607 to beat a slew of other contestants.
Interestingly, Babba-Kaita’s closest challenger for the Katsina senatorial seat was his brother and candidate of the PDP, Kabir Babba-Kaita.
Ahmad and Kabir share the same father but different mothers.
The older Kabir Babba-Kaita polled 59, 724 votes.
Why the Katsina senatorial election was important for the APC
In other Katsina senatorial by-election results as seen by Pulse, MPN scored 633 votes, MMN 343, GPN got 1056 and DA polled 796.
The Katsina North senatorial by-election was held to fill in the vacant seat left by Senator Mustapha Bukar, who died in April this year.
Katsina North is the senatorial district of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The election is coming on the back of the battle for majority seats in the senate, following a gale of defections in Nigeria’s national assembly and elsewhere in the polity, from July 24, 2018.
The APC and PDP will be conducting a headcount to determine just which party controls majority seats in parliament, when the national assembly reconvenes for plenary on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.