Bello Mandiya has won the Katsina south senatorial seat.
The chief of staff to Aminu Masari, governor of Kastina state, polled 433,139 votes to defeat his closest rival Shehu Inuwa Imam, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 158,081 votes.
In his reaction, Mandiya expressed gratitude to the people for the overwhelming support and the confidence reposed in him.
“I am overwhelmed by the open display of confidence in my person by the peace and loving people of Katsina South, and it only behooves on me to reciprocate this by providing a robust representation for my people at the national assembly,” he said.
Mandiya, a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, served as a senior legislative aide Masari while he was speaker of the house of representatives between 2003 and 2007.
Mandiya was also a publisher and editor-in-chief of a magazine before his appointment as chief of staff to Masari in April 2016.