The Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, was defeated by the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his voting unit during the Nigerian presidential election that took place on Saturday. This unexpected turn of events came as a surprise to everyone. At the Yahaya Umaru unit 010 in Gombe State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya’s party and the party in power received a total of 186 votes, while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) received 215 votes.
Yahaya, who is also the Northeast Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima National Campaign Council, had earlier praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the well-prepared exercise, which he judged to be the best. Yahaya is also a member of the National Campaign Council for Tinubu and Shettima. The governor and the APC suffered a significant blow when their party was defeated at the polling unit where the governor himself resided.
Meshach Thomos, the polling unit’s Presiding Officer, announced and revealed that the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) received ten votes while the Labour Party (LP) received four votes. The results were declared. PDP supporters, who were celebrating their triumph, greeted the announcement with great excitement and cheered loudly.
The significance of this result lies in the fact that it demonstrates that the APC is not unbeatable and may be susceptible to defeat in certain regions of the country. This underscores the importance of voter participation as well as the necessity of political parties making a concerted effort to gain the favor of people in their hearts and minds.
It is quite evident that the APC and the PDP both have some work to do in order to convince people to support their respective candidates as the country waits for the final results of the presidential election. The outcome of the election will have a significant influence on the future of the country, and it will be up to the newly elected leaders to work toward resolving the issues that the country is currently facing, which include a lack of safety and security, difficult economic conditions, and widespread social unrest.
The people of Nigeria are beginning to speak, and it is now up to the winners of the election to keep the promises they made during the campaign and work toward making Nigeria’s future a brighter one for all of its residents. The elections allow the people to choose who they want to lead them and guide the nation toward a more prosperous future.