Bashir Usman Gorau, a 33-year-old unionist and farmer, has won the Gada-Goronyo federal constituency election in Sokoto state, Nigeria, by funding his campaign through his farming activities and business.
Gorau received 29,679 votes, defeating the incumbent lawmaker representing the constituency, Musa Adar of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had polled 25,549 votes in his fifth-term bid.
Gorau was the immediate past Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development in Sokoto and ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In his interview with Trust TV’s Daily Politics, Gorau explained that he and his principal, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, never used state treasury for their campaigns.
He added that asking Tambuwal to use state funds for election purposes was inappropriate and that he funded his campaigns through his own farming activities and business. Gorau’s victory adds to the list of young candidates who won in the general elections in Nigeria.