By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The incumbent member representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Umar Barde has been reelected to represent his constituency for the fifth term.
Hon. Barde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who is the Minority Whip at the green chambers gannered a total votes of 92,547 to defeat his closest opponent Barrister Bashir Wushiri who scored 34,022 and Ekene Abubakar Adams of the All Progressive Grand Alliance , (APGA) who polled 16,813 votes.
In the keenly contested election, Hon. Barde polled 69,416 votes in Chikun Local Government Area and 23,131 votes in Kajuru Local Government Area.
Barrister Wushiri of the APC scored 23,505 votes in Chikun LGA and 10,517 in Kajuru LGA, while Mr. Adams got 11,636 votes in Chukun LGA and 5177 in Kajuru LGA.
Announcing the result on Monday at the collation centre at Kujama Headquarters of Chikun LGA of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) office, Professor Emmanuel Bamidele from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Said: “Yakubu Umar Barde haven satisfied and scored the highest votes cast is hereby declared winner and returns elected.
Hon. Barde who attributed his victory to the help of God and the good people of Chikun/ Kajuru people said he will not take the confidence reposed on him again for granted.
“I am overwhelmed by the support from my people and yet another confidence reposed on me. I will continue to do my best to justify the confidence and trust.
“I have always tried attracting projects to my constituency and will strive to do more going forward in the 9th Assembly.
“I must commend my fellow contenders for their maturity and display of sense of sportsmanship in accepting defeat. I assure them that I will be open to suggestions that will further bring about growth and development of the constituency,” he said.