By Yahaya Idris, Toto.
Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa, member representing Toto/Gadabuke in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress Assembly primaries election held on Friday.
Shafa, the incumbent lawmaker seeking the return ticket of the APC, was declared the winner after scoring a total number of 29 votes cast by the delegates.
Declaring the result shortly after the primaries, Malam Sanusi Muhammed Babasoro, the returning officer said the election was conducted peacefully and was in line with the electoral act as amended, adding that the process follows the provision of the party.
Babasoro said Shafa was declared the winner after defeating Hon. Muhammed Garba Isimbabi on Friday evening at Toto local government council secretariat, the venue for the primaries.
Global Times Nigeria reported that a total number of 29 accredited delegates voted as announced by the returning officer of the APC.
He said 30 delegates were supposed to participate in the election, however, one was missing just as he said Isimbabi got zero votes and was absent at the venue of the primaries.
Speaking with the press after declaring him the winner, Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa thanked the delegates for finding him worthy for a second. He said he will continue to bring his wealth of experience to bear.
According to him, he has worked vigorously for his constituent and the delegates saw good reasons to return him.
Shafa also gives gratitude to the Almighty God for his grace ans Nasarawa Speaker, for his support and inclusive leadership.
Shafa promised to extend hands of love to his contestant, Hon. Muhammed Garba Isimbabi to join him to provide leadership for the constituents.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman, Toto local government, Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi Tashas who was on the ground commended the officials and delegates for the peaceful conduct of the primaries.
He said the party will reach out to those who lost out in the race to move together as one big family.
The election was monitored by security agents, INEC officials, and party leadership among others.