Sen. Adamu Aliero has been elected as the flag-bearer of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for Kebbi Central in the 2023 general elections.
Kebbi Central Senatorial District comprises Birnin Kebbi, Gwandu, Jega, Maiyama, Koko-Bese, Kalgo, Aliero and Bunza Local Government Areas of the state.
Declaring the winner shortly after the primary election held at the Event Centre, Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, the Returning Officer, Baba Lawal-Aliyu, said Mr Aliero polled 246 votes to defeat Haruna Sa’idu-Dan-diyo, who trailed behind with 15 votes, while three votes were found to be invalid.
Mr Lawal-Aliyu, who is also the acting Chairman, Electoral Committee from the party’s headquarters, Abuja and committee’s substantive Secretary, said of the total 275 delegates from eight LGAs of Kebbi central, 268 delegates were accredited.
He also said that of the total accredited delegates, only 264 delegates cast their votes, adding that Aliero was returned elected as the flag-bearer of the party.
“By the powers coffered on me as the acting Chairman and Secretary of the electoral committee, I hereby declare Sen. Muhammadu Adamu Aliero as the winner of this primary election having scored the highest number of votes.
“Therefore, Sen. Aliero is returned elected as the flag-bearer of our great party, PDP for Kebbi Central Senatorial District,” he said.
Mr Aliero told newsmen shortly after his victory that he would carry all manner of people along if he eventually win the 2023 general election.
The lawmaker said his defection was a homecoming, as he was a member of PDP in 2007, when he represented the area as a senator up to 2015 when he joined the APC.
Mr Aliero appreciated the delegates, party stakeholders and all party members for finding him worthy to be the flag-bearer of the party as well as the people of Kebbi central for the mandate given to him to represent them at the Senate.
He called on his supporters from across the state to come out en mass to vote for PDP to ensure that the party won all elective positions in 2023.
The lawmaker advised them to remain united, adding that unity is key to their victory at polls from local, state to federal levels, hence the need for all hands to be on deck for the victory of the party.
Mr Aliero is a two-term governor of Kebbi state, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and a serving member of the red chamber of the National Assembly.
The primary election, which was conducted hitch-free, was witnessed by INEC officials, party stakeholders, security agencies, journalists and party members.