Borno governor, Kashim Shettima, has said that the number of votes gotten by president Muhammadu Buhari from his state in the February 23 presidential election is not surprising.
The results from the insurgency-torn state had drawn many questions from critics after president Buhari garnered 836,496 votes there, while Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate polled only 71,788 votes.
Speaking in a broadcast, Shetimma who described the north-eastern state as a “Buhari territory” said the state gave him so many votes because APC members were able to mobilise people to go out and exercise their franchise.
Shettima, who stated that he had thought that Borno would give Buhari more votes than Kano where he eventually polled 1,464,768 votes — the highest, added that state would repeat the same voting pattern during the March 9 gubernatorial poll.
“Borno is a Buhari territory from time immemorial. When I contested for the governorship, Buhari got over 90 percent of the votes in Borno, when he contested under the platform of the CPC.
“In 2015, Buhari got the highest percentage of votes nationwide, not in Katsina, not in Kano, not in Sokoto. It was in Borno that Buhari got 97.3 percent. Candidate Jonathan got a paltry 2.7 percent in Borno. So it is nothing surprising that this time around, Buhari still garnered the highest quantum of votes in terms of percentage, in terms of differential, we are number three,” Shettima said.