The Katsina State Chief of Staff and Senator-elect for Katsina South (Funtua zone), Alhaji Bello Mandiya is going into the 9th National Assembly as the senator elected with the second highest number of votes after Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.
Bello Mandiya (APC) clinched his seat with 433,139, to beat his opponent Imam Shehu Inuwa (PDP) who scored 158, 081 to represent Katsina South in the Senate.
Katsina State also produced the third highest scoring senator with Kabir Barkiya also of the APC winning the Katsina Central senatorial seat with 340,800 votes, while his challenger Mani Nasarawa of PDP got 127,520 votes.
Traditionally, Katsina is one of the states with the highest number of registered voters. With 98 percent of PVC collection in the state amounting to 3, 187, 988 eligible voters, the state is the third highest in the country.
This is carrying on from 2015 when Umar Ibrahim Kurfi of the APC scored 375, 360 votes to clinch the seat for Katsina Central while Abu Ibrahim scored 409, 624 to clinch the seat for Katsina South.
Katsina State recorded an improved voter turnout by 50, 219 voters compared to 2015.