The immediate past Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Umar Radda, has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary in Katsina State.
Radda, who was a former local government chairman as well as ex-Chief of Staff to Governor Aminu Masari, clinched the APC ticket after a keenly contested election.
He was reappointed for second term of office as SMEDAN boss by President Muhammadu Buhari last year before he reportedly resigned to battle for the ruling party guber ticket.
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The Chairman of the electoral committee, Kaka Shehu, while announcing the results , said Radda scored 506 votes to emerge winner.
According to Shehu, the immediate past Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Dr Mustapha Inuwa scored 442 votes while the ex-Managing Director, Nigeria Printing and Minting Company Alhaji Abbas Masanawa, got 436 votes.
“Sen. Sadiq Yar’Adua scored 32 votes, Alhaji Faruq Jobe, 71, Abdulkarim Dauda, seven, Umar Tata eight votes, the state deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, 65 votes while Ahmed Dangiwa scored 220 votes.
“We have 1,805 voters and were all accredited, out of which four votes were recorded as invalid.” Shehu said.
In his response, Radda commended the electoral officials for conducting a free, fair and transparent primary election.
He also commended Gov. Aminu Masari for not interfering with the process.
Radda called on the other aspirants to join in building the party to ensure its success in the general elections.
“I wish to appeal to you all to support me in building the party and also ensure its success, because I alone cannot succeed in that,” the governorship candidate said.
In a related development, Lado Danmarke has also won the gubernatorial ticket under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.