By Michael Olugbode
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Borno state, Alhaji Gambo Lawan was bamboozled at his polling unit as he could only get nine votes, compared to the 118 votes secured by his opponent, Alhaji Kashim Shettima of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The blow was harder at the polling unit of his opponent where he was left without a single vote, with Shettima coasting home with 196 votes.
Early result also showed that the APC may be coasting home to victory as the PDP was dealt a big blow by the unending battle between the old PDP who presented Gambo Lawan and the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction who had supported recently-replaced governorship candidate, Mohammed Imam.
Indications showed that Shettima may by the end of the collation exercise have a mandate renewal.
The PDP candidate lost his polling unit in Mobbar local government area of northern Borno State to the APC as Shettima secured 118 votes while Lawan got 9 votes at Kareto Dispensary polling unit of Kareto ward.
The election was held at Mohammed Goni College of Islamic Studies, which is one of the 20 Internally Displaced Persons camps in Maiduguri.
It would be recalled that Mobbar, which shares border with parts of Niger Republic, is one of the local government areas sacked by Boko Haram in the siege on the state, which made residents of the council to vote at an IDP camp as they have remained in Maiduguri since they fled their homes about five months ago.
Governor Shettima and Lawan both cast their votes yesterday at the two polling units which the APC won with a landslide margin.
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