Dr Nasir Idris, the incoming governor of Kebbi State, and Sen. Umar Abubakar, his deputy, received Certificates of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.
10 elected members of the State House of Assembly who were chosen in the last Saturday supplementary elections received certificates of return from Prof. Sani Kalla, the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara.
There are 24 State Constituencies in the state, and on March 30, INEC gave certificates of return to 14 of the state’s House of Assembly election winners.
Twenty of the 24 newly elected House of Assembly members ran and won on the platforms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress, respectively.
Idris shortly after receiving the certificate lauded the commission and security agencies for ensuring an enabling environment for the electorate to exercise their civic responsibility.
He also thanked the electorate for ensuring a successful exercise and having confidence in them by giving them the mandate to steer the affairs of the state.
“Kebbi is endowed with natural resources, and we will do everything humanly possible to tap those resources for the benefit of the people in the state.
“We will continue with the good work the current administration is undertaking and will do new ones. We will create so many opportunities for the people, especially in the agricultural sector.
“On insecurity, we will do everything to bring security in the affected areas in the southern part of the state.
“We will fulfil all the promises we made to the people during the electioneering campaign in the state, God willing,” he said.
The governor-elect urged the people to pray for the success of his administration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Idris of APC polled 409,225 votes to defeat his closest rival, retired Maj.-Gen. Aminu Bande of PDP.
The PDP candidate scored 360,940 votes, while Alhaji Udu Idris of the People’s Redemption Party, scored 3,103 votes.