Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has polled 5562 votes to emerge the standard-bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 governorship election.
The Governor defeated his two opponents, Alhaji Abubakar Sama’ila Isa Funtua and Alhaji Garba Sani Dankani who scored 8 and 1 vote respectively, 56 found invalid.
The Returning Officer and leader of the team sent from the National Headquarters of the APC, to conduct the indirect primary election, Dr. Isa Adamu said that the total number of delegates expected was 5959, out of which 5627 were accredited.
He described the exercise as very peaceful, commending the conduct of the delegates.
Meanwhile, Governor Masari has called on Nigerians to keep faith with the APC administration, assuring that with President Muhammadu Buhari in charge, things will only get better for the country.
In an independence day message signed by Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, his SSA Media, the Governor said that Nigerians would do well to give President Buhari another four-year mandate to consolidate on the foundation he has laid to place Nigeria on the path of total recovery.
He said since the President’s sterling performance had shamed and proved the doubters wrong, Nigerians should close ranks and re-elect him in 2019 for him to consolidate on his achievements, evidenced in so many meaningful interventions across the length and breadth of the country.
Governor Masari said at 58, Nigeria had come a long way to allow unpatriotic elements who have zero electoral value to polarise the nation along ethnic, religious and regional divides in order to achieve interests that are opposed to the nation’s.
He said those opposed to President Buhari were only doing so because he has exposed and stopped their rent collecting activities, which had hitherto been the bane of the nation’s development.
The Governor then urged Nigerians to always put Nigeria and its leaders in their prayers so that the nation may continue to prosper in leaps and bounds.