Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) Borno Central Senatorial district primary unopposed with 479 votes.
Shettima who by his victory would have a chance of contesting a return to the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly at the forthcoming general election.
Shettima who ruled the state as governor between 2011 and 2019 won at the primary conducted at the APC’s State Secretariat in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Even though Shettima was unopposed, Honourable Musa Mahmoud, Chairman of Borno Central APC Senatorial primary election committee, 2022, explained that the delegates opted for voting through casting, before he declared the results.
He said: “Consequently, on the authority of the National Chairman of the APC, His Excellency Abdullahi Adamu, I hereby declare, having satisfied all extant laws, the electoral act, 1999 as amended, I Hon. Musa Muhammad, Chairman APC Borno Senatorial election committee 2022, declare Senator Kashim Shettima as the winner of Borno Central Senatorial election.”
He noted that: “The primary conducted in Borno Central on Saturday, which is today, was unopposed. Article 20 clause A, clause 3 of the APC constitution empowers us to either conduct the election by voice vote or actual casting of vote, but we chose to cast votes.”
“I hereby declare as follows:
total accredited voters, 480, total votes cast 479 and invalid – 1.”
Borno APC Chairman, Hon Ali Bukar Dalori, lauded Governor Zulum for standing by the party and making sure it remains united. He also lauded Senator Kashim Shettima for the good work he has been doing at the National Assembly.
Dalori thanked the stakeholders and delegates for remaining calm, resolute and voting in to enable the party field the best candidates in the fourth coming 2023 general elections.
Reacting to the victory of Shettima, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, thanked delegates and party stakeholders for standing by his predecessor.
Zulum said: “Let me express my sincere appreciation on behalf of my Boss, Senetor Kashim Shettima, to all the party stakeholders for giving him the mandate to continue with the good work that he has been doing.”