Impressed by the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) for securing the second term of another 4 years from 29th May, 2019 to 29th May 2023, and the voting pattern of Kano state during the polls, the state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje commended people of the state for giving Buhari the highest votes in the country, with 1,464, 768 votes, representing 78.9%, from Kano.
Who cumulatively wins with 15,191,847 votes across all the 36 states and the federal capital, Abuja. Against his rival Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) who scores 391,573, which represents 21.1% from Kano. With cumulative scores of 11,262,978 across the 36 states and Abuja.
He explained that, "We just need to commend Kano people for coming out en mass and giving the highest votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in the just concluded Presidential election. This shows how Kano people are so much attached to the ideals and principles of the President."
To Ganduje, the victory of all the three Senators and 24 members of the House of Representatives, in the just concluded elections is a pointer to the explanation that,
"Kano is the strongest base of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). That is why we all resolved to, unanimously elect our President for the second time, all the 3 Senators and all the 24 members of the House of Representatives."
The former governor of Kano state, who is former Minister of Education, the Sardauna of Kano, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, is the Senator-elect for Kano Central Senatorial District. While serving Senators, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Barau I. Jibrin are elected for the second term as Senators for Kano South and Kano North Senatorial Districts respectively.
President Buhari, according to the governor, "...has his strongest political base in Kano. As such what he got from the state was long expected even before the day for the election."
He further commended people for the peaceful election conducted during the polls, urging people to also come out en mass during the forthcoming gubernatorial and house of assembly election, coming up in the next few days, on the 9th March, 2019. Urging electorate to come forth and vote for the ruling APC again, "...so that the development started would continue trickling down to all nooks and crannies of the state," he said.
In the same vein, the wife of the governor Dr Hafsat Abdullahi Ganduje, also commended electorate, particularly women and youth for the peaceful conduct during the polls.
She said "I want commend women particularly and my children, youth for their determination to come out and cast their votes in favour of our President, Baba Buhari. For giving him another chance to rule for another round of 4 years, from 29th May, 2019 to 29th May, 2023."
Mrs Ganduje also appreciated the peaceful conduct of the election, urging that, "...we are now facing another election come 9th March, 2019, of gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections. People should come out and vote for the APC again as they did in the just concluded elections across the country."
Anwar is the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State