The first female governorship candidate in the history of Niger State has emerged.
Hajiya Khadijat Abdullahi-Iya emerged winner at the governorship primary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Niger State ahead of the 2023 general election after defeating a male contender, Alhaji Mohammed Usman, with 121 votes against 20.
Abdullahi-Iya brazed the odds to change the narrative of the male dominated political terrain by becoming the first female across all registered political parties to contest and clinch the ticket to fly the flag of APGA, a party that is scarcely popular in the state in next year’s election.
Announcing the results after the primary, the Electoral Committee chairman, Mr. Sule Wushishi, said Abdullahi-Iya polled 121 votes to defeat his opponent, Alhaji Usman Mohammed, who got only 20 votes.
The exercise, according to him, witnessed the accreditation of 144 votes out of which three were invalidated.
Also speaking, Niger State Chairman of APGA, Alhaji Musa Liman, gave details of the party’s other elective positions, indicating that both National and State Assembly elective positions emerged on consensus.
Adamu Mohammed is to contest for the Niger-East (Zone B), Niger-South (Zone A), Alhaji Abubarkar Mohammed while, Mr. Sule Wushishi is to slog it out with aspirants from other political parties for the Niger-North (Zone C) Senatorial District.