By Ladi Jossy, Maiduguri
The Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has been declared winner of the gubernatorial election of the state.
The returning officer, Professor Jude Rabo, declared Zulum polled 545,543 while the candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Jajari, come distant second, having scored 82,147 votes
Zulum defeated his closest rival with a difference of 463,396 votes.
“Umara Babagana of APC polled the highest votes of 545,543, with at least one quarter votes in all the 27 local government areas of the state.
“Having satisfied all the requirements, Umara Babagana is hereby declared winner,” the returning officer declared.
Zulum slugged out with candidates of People’s Democratic Party, Mohammed Jajari, and the Labor Party candidate, Captain Ibrahim Mshelia Kadafir (Rtd) and other contenders.
Meanwhile, the candidate of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Mohammed Mustapha, has threatened court action, calling on the INEC to cancel the election on the ground that his party’s name and logo were missing on the ballot paper.
Responding, the spokesman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abba Liberty, said “I learnt that it’s an issue of late submission of form, that’s why INEC didn’t consider him as candidate”.