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Yahaya Bello Re-Elected Kogi State Governor

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has been re-elected as the governor of the state.

Governor Bello was returned elected on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having scored the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, made the declaration at the INEC office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.


The APC candidate polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.

On her part, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

Professor Umar declared the winner following the collation of results from all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, an exercise which lasted more than 24 hours.

After several hours of collating the results from 19 LGAs, Professor Umar had announced on Sunday night that the exercise would continue on Monday morning.

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Of the results collated before the exercise was suspended, it was a close battle between Bello who won 10 LGAs and Wada who claimed nine LGAs while Natasha had yet to win any local government.

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At the resumption of the exercise, the results of the remaining two local governments – Ibaji and Lokoja – were collated, paving the way for the declaration of the winner of the election.

Announcing the final results of the election, the returning officer noted that a total of 1,646,350 people registered for the election while 636,202 were accredited to vote.

He explained that the margin between the winner of the election and the runner-up was 216,518 votes.

It was a tough day in Kogi and Bayelsa States where INEC conducted elections on Saturday last week as the exercise recorded loss of lives, attack on polling units by suspected thugs, and ballot box snatching among other unfortunate incidents.

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While residents of both states headed to various polling units in their respective local governments to cast their votes, the people of Kogi West senatorial district had an extra duty to perform.

The electorate in the senatorial zone also voted in the rerun election to choose who would represent them in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly between Senator Dino Melaye of the PDP and APC’s Senator Smart Adeyemi.

Although the poll favoured Senator Adeyemi who scored 80,118 votes as against the 59,548 votes garnered by Senator Melaye, the election was declared inconclusive.

The returning officer for the election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, explained that the margin of 20,570 votes between both candidates was lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled.

He informed party agents and others present at the collation centre that he was constrained by the law to declare a winner in such a situation.

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See the table below:

LGA                  APC         PDP       SDP

ADAVI               64,657      366        279

AJAOKUTA       17,952       5,565     323
ANKPA              11,269       28,108    399
BASSA              8,386        9,724      269
DEKINA            8,948        16,575     321
IBAJI                12,682       10,504     221
IDAH                4,602       13,962      221
IGALA MELA/ODOLU  8,075   11,195  208
IJUMU             11,425      7,587        223
KABBA/BUNU   15,364    8,084      364
KOTON KARFE    14,097    9,404    657
LOKOJA              19,457     11,059   772
MOPA-MURO     4,953       3,581     95
OFU                   11,006      12,264    531
OGORI/MAGONGO   3,679   2,145  244
OKEHI           36,954     478      3,095
OKENE         112,762     139       50
OLAMABORO      16,876    8,155   262
OMALA            8,473     14,403   567
YAGBA EAST    6,735     7,546    220
YAGBA WEST    7,868     8,860     211

TOTAL         406,222     189,704     9,482

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