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Ex-Commissioner, Kantigi emerges Niger PDP guber candidate as bandits kill three delegates

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A former Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs, Liman Isah Kantigi has emerged winner of the governorship primaries of the Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Kantigi defeated four other aspirants to clinch the party ticket.

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Other aspirants were Sani Idris Kutigi, Sidi Abdul Gulu, Barrister Abdulrahman Gimba and Engr Abubakar Isah Jankara.

Announcing the results, the Chairman of the State electoral panel and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo said a total of 808 delegates were accredited to vote in the primaries held at the party secretariat in Minna.

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He stated that Kantigi polled 667 votes to emerge the winner of the contest, while his close rival, Sani Idris Kutigi got 114 votes.

Isah Jankara polled 21 votes, Gimbal Abdul Rahman had 3 votes, while Sidi Abdul had no votes.

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Ewhrudjakpo declared,” Kantigi having scored the highest votes is the winner of the elections. And by the power conferred on me, I declare, Alh. Liman Kantigi as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Niger state”.

He thanked the national secretariat, the delegates, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agents and the state PDP for the peaceful conduct of the primaries.

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Meanwhile, three out of the 13 delegates from Mariga Local government Areas of the State for the governorship primaries were killed by bandits.

The incident occurred between Mariga and Tegina and the three persons were shot dead on the spot in an ambush by the Bandits on Wednesday.

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The chairman, however, regretted the death of the three delegates who lost their lives on Wednesday on their way to obtain their means of identification which would have enabled them cast their vote today.

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