Election: Ex-commercial motorcyclist floors House Minority Whip

CANDIDATE of the Labour Party (LP) in Southern Kaduna, Donatus Mathew, has been declared the winner of the House of Representatives election for Kaura Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.

Mathew, a former commercial motorcyclist, defeated the incumbent House of Representatives Minority Whip and four-term member, Gideon Gwani.

The returning officer, Elijah Ella announced that Matthew polled a total of 10,508 votes to defeat Gwani, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 10,297 votes.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 9,919 votes, while the flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), secured 5,354 votes.

Speaking to newsmen after the announcement of the result, the member-elect, Mathew, appreciated voters for the confidence reposed in him to represent them at the Green Chamber.

Mathew however, solicited for the support and cooperation of the electorates.

It was gathered that he resorted to working as a commercial motorcyclist after his tenure as a Councilor.

Mathew didn’t do many campaigns, he has few posters and he was once a councillor during the Makarfi era, but later things went bad for him. He picked up Okada business. Today he’s going to the Federal House of Representatives. This is what Labour Party represents. It’s a party for all, no preferential treatment,” a resident of the area said.

The incumbent Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Gideon Gwani, has, however, congratulated the member-elect and wished him well.

Gwani also urged his supporters to remain calm and encourage peace in the constituency.

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