Kogi State governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Yahaya Bello, has been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
He defeated his main rival, Engr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a margin of 216,518 votes.
Bello polled 406,222 votes, while Wada had 189,704 votes out of the 624,514 total votes cast by 636,202 accredited voters, according to results declared yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) State Returning Officer, Prof. Ibrahim Garba.
The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mrs. Natasha Akpoti came third with 9,482 votes, while Abdullahi Muhammed of Accord Party scored 76 votes.
Muhammadul-Kabir Abdul-Wasiu of African Action Council (AAC), Medupin Ephraim of Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Justina Dolapo Abanida of African Democratic Congress (ADC) scored 328,488 and 706 votes, respectively.
The results further showed that Ndakwo Abdulrahman Tanko of Action Democratic Party (ADP) had 411 votes; Orugun Emmanuel Olorunmowaju of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), 357 votes and Ibrahim Jibril Sheik of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), 475 votes.
Bello Williams Dele of Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) got 48 votes, while Victor Akubo, Green Party of Nigeria (GPN); Gabdulmalik Adama Mohammed, Hope Democratic Party (HDP); Alfa Amos Oboy, Justice Must Prevail Party, JMPP; Jimoh Amodu Yusuf, Mass Joint Action Alliance (MAJA) and Muhammed Ibrahim Dangana, National Conscience Party (NCP) scored 29, 46, 83, 91 and 419 votes, respectively.
Other results are; Ukwumonu Joseph Idachaba, Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN (624); Moses Itodo Drisu, People Progressive Party, PPP (381); Ayodele Raymond Ajibola, Peoples Redemption Party, PRP (169); Abdulrazaq Baba Emeje, United Democratic Party, UDP (185); Abuh Sunday Omogami, United People’s Congress, UPC (52); Shaibu Sani Seidi, Young Democratic Party, YDP (69); Aisha Abubakar Audu, Young Progressive Party, YPP (63); Suleiman Mohammed Mikhail, Zenith Labour Party, ZLP (77) and Yusuf Dantalle, Allied Peoples Movement, APM (199).
Governor Bello won in 12 out of the 21 local governments in the state, while Wada won in the remaining nine councils.
The governor, who hails from Okenne Local Government Area in Kogi Central Senatorial District, won all the five local governments in the area. The councils are Okenne, Okehi, Adavi, Ogorimagongo and Ajaokuta.
He also won five out of the seven local governments in the Kogi West Senatorial District. The local governments he won in the area are Lokoja, Ijumu, Kabba-Bunu, Kogi (KK) and Mopamuro.
Bello also won in Ibaji and Olamaboro councils for APC to win two out of the nine local governments in Kogi East Senatorial District.
Wada, who is an Igala from Dekina Local Government Area, won in Kogi East Senatorial District, but failed to make impact in Kogi Central and Kogi West senatorial districts. He won seven councils in Kogi East and two local governments in Kogi West.
The PDP candidate won in Dekina, Ankpa, Bassa, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu, Omala, Lokoja, Yagba East and Yagba West.
Speaking shortly after the election results was announced by Prof. Garba, the PDP State agent, Capt. Joe Agada, who refused to sign the final election results, said the results announced by INEC is not the true reflection of the wishes of the people of Kogi State.
He said the election was marred by irregularities, such as ballot snatching, intimidation of voters, ballot stuffing, violence and killings in different parts of the state.
The PDP agent, who presented written reports on his party’s complaints to the INEC Returning Officer, said his party will challenge the results at the tribunal to recover its stolen mandate.
In his reaction, the APC state agent, Hon. Abdulrahazeez King, commended the election results, adding that he is satisfied with the process.
He thanked the people of Kogi State for re-electing Governor Bello, noting that his party is interested in bringing the people of the state together in order to move the state forward.