2023 Nigerian Senate elections in Kaduna State

2023 Senate elections in Kaduna
2023 Nigerian Senate elections in Kaduna State
← 2019 25 February 2023 2027 →

All 3 Kaduna State seats in the Senate of Nigeria
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party APC PDP
Last election 2 1
Seats before 2 1

The 2023 Nigerian Senate elections in Kaduna State will be held on 25 February 2023, to elect the 3 federal Senators from Kaduna State, one from each of the state's three senatorial districts. The elections will coincide with the 2023 presidential election, as well as other elections to the Senate and elections to the House of Representatives; with state elections being held two weeks later. Primaries were held between 4 April and 9 June 2022.

Background

In the previous Senate elections, only one incumbent senator was returned: in the South district, Danjuma Laah (PDP) was re-elected but Shehu Sani (PRP-Central) and Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi (PDP-North) both lost re-election. In the South district, Laah held his seat with 64% of the vote; both of the open seats were won back by APC as Uba Sani won the North district with 56% and Suleiman Abdu Kwari gained the Central seat with 68% of the vote. These results were a part of a slight swing to the Kaduna APC as most House of Representatives seats were won by the party, it won a majority in the House of Assembly, and Buhari won the state in the presidential election.

Overview

Affiliation Party Total
APC PDP
Previous Election 2 1 3
Before Election 2 1 3
After Election TBD TBD 3

Summary

This section is an excerpt from 2023 Nigerian Senate election § Kaduna State.[edit]
District Incumbent Results
Incumbent Party Status Candidates
Kaduna Central Uba Sani APC Incumbent retiring[1]
  • Muhammad Sani Abdullahi (APC)[2]
  • TBA (PDP)[3][4]
Kaduna North Suleiman Abdu Kwari APC Incumbent renominated
Kaduna South Danjuma Laah PDP Incumbent lost renomination

Kaduna Central

2023 Kaduna Central Senatorial District election
← 2019 25 February 2023 2027 →
 
Nominee Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Lawal Adamu Usman
Party APC PDP

Senator before election

Uba Sani
APC

Elected Senator

TBD

The Kaduna Central Senatorial District covers the local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, and Kajuru. The incumbent Uba Sani (APC) was elected with 55.8% of the vote in 2019. In March 2022, Sani announced that he would run for governor of Kaduna State instead of seeking re-election.[9]

Primary elections

All Progressives Congress

On 20 April 2022, the APC National Executive Committee announced the party's schedule for senatorial primaries, setting its expression of interest form price at ₦3 million and nomination form price at ₦17 million with a 50% discount for candidates younger than 40 while women and candidates with disabilities get free nomination forms. Forms were to be sold from 26 April to 6 May until the deadline was later extended to 10 May then 12 May.[10] After the submission of nomination forms by 13 May, candidates were screened by a party committee on 14 and 15 May while 18 May was the date for the screening appeal process.[11] Ward congresses and LGA congresses were set for 16 and 17 May to elect delegates for the primary. Candidates approved by the screening process advanced to a primary set for 27 May, in concurrence with other APC senatorial primaries; challenges to the result could be made on 28 May.[12][13][14][15]

The APC senatorial primary was heavily affected by the party's gubernatorial primary. The Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai-aligned camp of the Kaduna APC (which Sani was a part of) held an endorsement process to decide on a single gubernatorial candidate from former commissioner Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, Senator Uba Sani, and Deputy Governor Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe; eventually Sani was selected as the gubernatorial candidate while Abdullahi was to run to replace Sani in the Senate and Balarabe would become Sani's running mate.[16][17][18][19][20][21] Abdullahi promptly withdrew from the gubernatorial race and entered the senatorial primary in early May.[22] On the primary date, an indirect primary resulted Abdullahi being nominated unopposed as the two other candidates—Rabi Salisu and Usman Garba—withdrew.[23]

APC primary results[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
APC Muhammad Sani Abdullahi 388 100.00%
Total votes 388 100.00%
Invalid or blank votes 8 N/A
Turnout 396 100.00%

People's Democratic Party

On 16 March 2022, the national PDP announced its senatorial primary timetable, setting its expression of interest form price at ₦1 million and the nomination form price at ₦20 million with a 50% discount for candidates between 25 and 30. Forms were to be sold until 1 April but the party later extended the deadline four times before reaching a final deadline of 22 April. After the submission of nomination forms by 25 April, candidates were screened by a party committee on 27 April while 2 May was the rescheduled date for the screening appeal process. Ward congresses were set for 29 April and LGA congresses were rescheduled for 10 May to elect delegates for the primary.[24] Candidates approved by the screening process advanced to a primary set for 23 May, in concurrence with other PDP senatorial primaries but due to often violently enforced Monday stay-at-home orders by separatists, southeastern state parties held their primaries on 24 May;[25] challenges to the result could be made on 25 May.[26][27][28][29]

On the primary date, Lawal Adamu Usman—the 2019 nominee—defeating runner-up Usman Ibrahim and four other candidates to emerge victorious.[30] However, the state party initially annulled the primary, citing the National Assembly Appeal Committee's report and recommendation.[31] The party later backtracked and accepted Usman as nominee despite protests from Ibrahim who claimed to have video evidence of over-voting during the primary.[32]

PDP primary results[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
PDP Lawal Adamu Usman 99 39.92%
PDP Usman Ibrahim 84 33.87%
PDP Musa Bello 43 17.34%
PDP Ahmed Inuwa 15 6.05%
PDP Talatu Shehu 5 2.02%
PDP Usman Muhammed 2 0.81%
Total votes 248 100.00%
Invalid or blank votes 0 N/A
Turnout 248 Unknown

Campaign

During the primary period, pundits viewed the Central district as the most competitive of Kaduna's senate seats as observers noted that the lack of Sani's incumbency had boosted PDP prospects.[33]

Kaduna North

2023 Kaduna North Senatorial District election
← 2019 25 February 2023 2027 →
 
Nominee Suleiman Abdu Kwari Khalid Mustapha
Party APC PDP

Senator before election

Suleiman Abdu Kwari
APC

Elected Senator

TBD

The Kaduna North Senatorial District covers the local government areas of Ikara, Kubau, Kudan, Lere, Makarfi, Sabon Gari, Soba, and Zaria. The incumbent Suleiman Abdu Kwari (APC), who was elected with 67.7% of the vote in 2019, is seeking re-election.

Primary elections

All Progressives Congress

On 20 April 2022, the APC National Executive Committee announced the party's schedule for senatorial primaries, setting its expression of interest form price at ₦3 million and nomination form price at ₦17 million with a 50% discount for candidates younger than 40 while women and candidates with disabilities get free nomination forms. Forms were to be sold from 26 April to 6 May until the deadline was later extended to 10 May then 12 May.[10] After the submission of nomination forms by 13 May, candidates were screened by a party committee on 14 and 15 May while 18 May was the date for the screening appeal process.[11] Ward congresses and LGA congresses were set for 16 and 17 May to elect delegates for the primary. Candidates approved by the screening process advanced to a primary set for 27 May, in concurrence with other APC senatorial primaries; challenges to the result could be made on 28 May.[12][13][14][15]

The primary was beset by violence when armed assailants attacked the Zaria venue during voting, injuring several delegates and stealing journalists' cameras and electronics. Nonetheless, the results were announced later that day with Kwari winning renomination nearly unanimously.[34] Both of his challengers—Haliru Ibrahim and Turad Sani Sha'aban (son of former MHR Sani Sha'aban and son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari)—rejected the results with Ibrahim suing the party while groups opposed to Kwari called for Kwari's disqualification.[35][36] By September, hearings began on Ibrahim's suit to have himself declared the legitimate nominee.[37]

APC primary results[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
APC Suleiman Abdu Kwari 406 99.75%
APC Haliru Ibrahim 1 0.25%
APC Turad Sani Sha'aban 0 0.00%
Total votes 407 100.00%
Invalid or blank votes 4 N/A
Turnout 411 100.00%

People's Democratic Party

On 16 March 2022, the national PDP announced its senatorial primary timetable, setting its expression of interest form price at ₦1 million and the nomination form price at ₦20 million with a 50% discount for candidates between 25 and 30. Forms were to be sold until 1 April but the party later extended the deadline four times before reaching a final deadline of 22 April. After the submission of nomination forms by 25 April, candidates were screened by a party committee on 27 April while 2 May was the rescheduled date for the screening appeal process. Ward congresses were set for 29 April and LGA congresses were rescheduled for 10 May to elect delegates for the primary.[24] Candidates approved by the screening process advanced to a primary set for 23 May, in concurrence with other PDP senatorial primaries but due to often violently enforced Monday stay-at-home orders by separatists, southeastern state parties held their primaries on 24 May;[38] challenges to the result could be made on 25 May.[26][27][28][39]

The primary resulted in the sole candidate—Khalid Mustapha—winning the nomination by affirmation. After the primary, Mustapha expressed gratitude to the delegates and urged party members to work for a general election victory.[40]

Campaign

During the primary period, observers noted that the PDP seemed not to be strongly contesting the seat due to its strong APC lean.[33]

Kaduna South

2023 Kaduna South Senatorial District election
← 2019 25 February 2023 2027 →
 
Nominee Bulus Audu Sunday Marshall Katunɡ
Party APC PDP

Senator before election

Danjuma Laah
APC

Elected Senator

TBD

The Kaduna South Senatorial District covers the local government areas of Jaba, Jema'a, Kachia, Kagarko, Kaura, Kauru, Sanga, and Zangon Kataf; it is largely coterminous with the Southern Kaduna region, noted for its ethnic diversity and Christian majority in a state that is mainly ethnic Hausa-Fulani and majority Muslim. Incumbent Danjuma Laah (PDP) was elected with 64.4% of the vote in 2019 and sought re-election but lost the PDP nomination.

Primary elections

All Progressives Congress

On 20 April 2022, the APC National Executive Committee announced the party's schedule for senatorial primaries, setting its expression of interest form price at ₦3 million and nomination form price at ₦17 million with a 50% discount for candidates younger than 40 while women and candidates with disabilities get free nomination forms. Forms were to be sold from 26 April to 6 May until the deadline was later extended to 10 May then 12 May.[10] After the submission of nomination forms by 13 May, candidates were screened by a party committee on 14 and 15 May while 18 May was the date for the screening appeal process.[11] Ward congresses and LGA congresses were set for 16 and 17 May to elect delegates for the primary. Candidates approved by the screening process advanced to a primary set for 27 May, in concurrence with other APC senatorial primaries; challenges to the result could be made on 28 May.[12][13][14][15]

On the primary date, an indirect primary in Kafanchan ended with Bulus Audu—an aide to Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai—emerging as the nominee by voice vote after his sole opponent—Anthony Hassan—withdrew right before the primary. In his acceptance speech, Audu thanked Hassan and delegates before vowing to bring development to the district.[41][42]

People's Democratic Party

On 16 March 2022, the national PDP announced its senatorial primary timetable, setting its expression of interest form price at ₦1 million and the nomination form price at ₦20 million with a 50% discount for candidates between 25 and 30. Forms were to be sold until 1 April but the party later extended the deadline four times before reaching a final deadline of 22 April. After the submission of nomination forms by 25 April, candidates were screened by a party committee on 27 April while 2 May was the rescheduled date for the screening appeal process. Ward congresses were set for 29 April and LGA congresses were rescheduled for 10 May to elect delegates for the primary.[24] Candidates approved by the screening process advanced to a primary set for 23 May, in concurrence with other PDP senatorial primaries but due to often violently enforced Monday stay-at-home orders by separatists, southeastern state parties held their primaries on 24 May;[43] challenges to the result could be made on 25 May.[26][27][28][44]

The primary, held in Kafanchan, resulted in Laah losing the nomination to Sunday Marshall Katunɡ—former House of Representatives member for Zangon Kataf/Jaba. Katunɡ received 112 votes compared to Laah's 74 votes and third place MHR Shehu Nicholas Garba's 52 votes.[45]

PDP primary results[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
PDP Sunday Marshall Katunɡ 112 42.11%
PDP Danjuma Laah 74 27.82%
PDP Shehu Nicholas Garba 52 19.55%
PDP Samson Monday Dikko 21 7.89%
PDP Jagaba Adams Jagaba 7 2.63%
PDP Other candidates 0 0.00%
Total votes 266 100.00%

Campaign

During the primary period, observers noted that the APC seemed not to be strongly contesting the seat due to its strong PDP lean.[33]


See also

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