The Senate President Ahmed Lawan, who doubles as the senatorial candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District has pulled 91,318 votes to defeat his closest rival, Bello Ilu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured 22,849 votes.
While speaking with journalists on Monday, he said his constituents prayed and fasted for his return to the upper legislative chamber.
He expressed his gratitude to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the state and national levels for supporting him and also to the people of Yobe north senatorial district for sticking with him and believing in him to renew his mandate once again to go back to the senate and the 10th national assembly to represent them.
“You know how well they did to ensure that we got the nomination to run for this seat,” Lawan said.
“They fasted, they prayed, and they did so many things — sacrificed — just because they wanted me to run”.
Lawan claimed the people have actualised their dream of voting him back to the senate on Saturday when they voted en masse, and to their credit, this is the highest number of votes against all the previous elections that he had participated in.
He thereafter thanked the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, who stayed all through to ensure that the Yobe North Senatorial District poll is contested by someone that the people of Yobe North believe and trust.
Lawan had earlier been excluded from the INEC list of candidates for senatorial elections, following a crisis involving Bashir Machina, who had won unopposed during the senatorial primary organised by the party in May 2022.
However, after appeals and counter-appeals, the supreme court affirmed Lawan as the candidate for the senatorial district.
By Mosunmola Ogi-olu