The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Lawal Yahaya Gumau, candidate of the All Progressives Congress winner of the Bauchi South Senatorial election.

This is based on the official results declared and collated today in Bauchi.

Gumau, a member of the House of Representatives, polled 119, 489 votes to beat Ladan Salihu of the Peoples Democratic Party, who got 50,256 votes.

The result was announced by Professor Ahmed Sarkin-Pagam of the Department of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Bauchi, the chief returning officer for the election held Saturday.

A total of 256,763 votes were cast, out of which 245,652 were valid and 11,111 invalid.

Former governor of the state, Isa Yuguda came third with 33,079 votes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bye-election was conducted to elect a representative for Bauchi South Senatorial District, sequel to the death of Sen. Ali Wakili on March 17.

With the outcome of the by-election, APC in Bauchi now has only one senator because the other two senators, Isa Misau and Nazif Gamawa, formerly of the APC, have defected to the PDP.

The APC candidate won in six of the seven local councils that make up the district, with Salihu winning in Bogoro local government, the home base of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who is yet to make an official switch from the APC to the PDP.

In Bogoro, Salihu, a former broadcaster, got 6,646 votes as against the 3,992 votes scored by the APC candidate.

Collation of the results of the bye-election began today, slowed down by the heavy rain that fell Saturday evening. The election itself was marred by many incidents.

Massive over voting was recorded in Bogoro and Bauchi councils, leading to the cancellation of over 25,000 votes. In Bogoro, 10,217 votes were cancelled and 15, 017 in Bauchi.

There were also cases of ballot box snatching in 13 units in Toro. In Alkaleri local council, 16,298 votes were cancelled in eight wards and 40 polling units over fracas, over voting, and non-usage of card readers.

Apart from the winner, Gumau, Salihu and Isa Yuguda, there were six other candidates.

They were Haruna Ayuba (African Democratic Congress ), Aminu Tukur (Action Peoples party), Usman Hassan (Kowa Party), the only woman in the race Maryam Bargel (Social Democratic Party), Husseini Umar (New Nigeria Peoples Party) and Usman Chaledi (People for Democratic Change).

The returning officer gave their scores: Haruna Ayuba of ADC 1754 Votes; Aminu Tukur of APP 11,717 votes; Usman Hassan of KP 240 votes, Huseini Umar of NNPP 22,896 votes, Usman Chaledi of PDC 1203 votes and Mrs Maryam Begel of SDP, 3,800. votes.,

The Full result council by Council

Dass LG
ADC 132
APC 7,432
APP 857
DA 52
GPN 2117
KP 28
MMN 25
NPP 106
SDP 1009
PDP 4028

Toro LG

ADC 471
APC 30,658
APP 472
DA 77
GPN 5,624
KP 53
MMN 100
MPN 69
NNPP 8075
PDC 277
PDP 8420
SDP 353

Total Valid votes 54,649
Rejected Votes 2731
Total votes cast 57,380

Bogoro LG

Number of Reg voters : 45599
Accredited: voters 16970

ADC – 60
APC -3992
APP – 1557
DA – 24
GPN – 817
KP – 21
MMN -32
MPN – 39
NNPP – 1924
PDC – 152
PDP – 6,646
SDP – 612

Total Valid Votes 15872
Rejected Votes- 718
Total votes 16592

Kirfi LG

Total Reg.voters: 64,653

ADD – 80
APC -11,051
APP 1039
DA 18
GPN 339
KP 12
MMN 29
MPN 15
NNPP 814
PDC 47
PDP 3336
SDP 263

Total Valid votes : 17043
Rejected Votes: 774
Total Valid votes: 17,817

Bauchi LG

Total Registered voters -306,939
Total Accredited 91,782

ADC – 725
APC – 38, 958
APP-1342
DA- 159
GPN – 18, 736
KP- 70
MMN – 135
MPN – 109
MNPP 6,322
PDC – 360
PDP – 13,053
SDP – 653

Total Valid votes :-80,623
Rejected Votes: 2920

Total votes cast: 83, 543

Alkaleri LG

Total Registered voters: 107, 072
Total Accredited voters: 27, 575

ADC- 110
APC – 13,-089
APP – 413
DA – 36
GPN – 2, 225
KP – 27
MMN – 34
MPN 32
NNPP 1899
PDC – 88
PDP -6, 245
SDP – 265

Total Valid votes – 24, 463
Rejected Votes – 1,220
Total votes cast 25, 683

Tafawa-Balewa LG

Total Registered voters – 118,952
Total Accredited voters – 39,796

ADC – 176
APC – 14,309
APP – 6019
DA – 101
GPN – 3, 221
KP – 29
MMN 46
MPN 33
NNPP 2,266
PDC – 173
PDP 8, 528
SDP – 647

Total Valid votes: 35, 548
Rejected Votes: 1815
Total votes cast: 37,363

*Story Updated on Sunday.