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Yahaya Bello of APC Wins Kogi Gov Election

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Returning officer for the election, Prof Emmanuel Kucha and his personal assistant, Timothy Anya, displaying the result sheets to observers, party agents and journalists
Bello, 40, was  drafted into the Kogi state governorship race by the All Progressive Congress (APC) national leadership after the party’s candidate in the election, Prince Abubakar Audu, passed away hours after the INEC had declared the election inconclusive.

INEC had asked the party to replace Audu in the election and the party settled for Bello, who came second in the party’s primaries leading to the main election.

The late APC governorship candidate was leading his opponent Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  by 41,353 votes.

The election which was initially held on Saturday, November 21, was declared inconclusive by the electoral body, which cited irregularities in some local governments and some polling units.

Cross section of party agents, observers, local government collation officers and journalists

The polling units, numbering  91 spread across 19 local governments are in Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Ibaji, Ida, Igala-Mela, Okehi, Odohun, Ijimu, Kabba/Bunu, Lokoja, Ofu, Olamaboro, Okene, Omala and Yagba West and Kogi Kodokafi.

Naij.com team on ground at the headquarters of the INEC office in Lokoja, the state capital  reports that that the results of the election were read out by the collation officers from the local governments.

Collation officer for Dekina local government presenting results from the area  to the returning officer

Below are the results:

Okene Local Government: Registered voters – 676; Accredited voters – 217; APC – 208; PDP – 02. Valid votes – 210; Rejected votes- 03; Total number of votes – 213

Okehi Local Government: Registered voters – 403; Accredited voters – 110; APC – 108; PDP – 0; Total votes cast – 108

Kogi Kodokafi Local Government: Registered voters – 1,689; Accredited voters – 738; PDP – 281; APC – 406; Valid votes – 695; Rejected votes – 03; Total votes – 698

Ida Local Government: Registered voters – 310; Accredited votes – 141; PDP – 70; APC – 62; Valid votes – 136; Rejected votes – 01; Total votes cast – 137

Yagba West Local Government: Registered voters – 371; Accredited voters – 165; PDP – 73; APC – 86; Valid votes – 162; Rejected votes – 0; Total votes cast – 162

Adavi Local Government: Registered votes – 2,166; Accredited voters – 931; PDP – 12; APC 878; Valid votes 896; Rejected votes – 10; Total votes cast –  906

Igala Mela Local Government: Registered voters – 1,501;  Accredited voters- 558; APC -92 ; PDP- 434 ; Valid votes – 533; Rejected votes – 06; Total votes cast – 539

Kabba Bunu Local Government: Registered voters – 1,767; Accredited voters – 375; APC – 375; PDP – 131; Valid votes – 340; Rejected votes – 10; Total votes cast – 350

Ajaokuta Local Government: Registered voters – 1,411; Accredited voters – 567; APC – 538; PDP – 12; Valid votes – 554; Rejected votes – 04; Total votes cast – 558

Olamaboro Local Government: Registered voters – 2,047; Accredited voters – 555; APC – 167; PDP – 332; Valid votes -522 ; Rejected votes – 22 ; Total votes cast – 544

Omala Local Government: Registered voters – 2,526; Accredited voters – 799; APC – 317; PDP – 323; Valid votes – 650; Rejected votes – 024; Total votes cast – 674

Ijimu Local Government: Registered voters – 705; Accredited voters – 205; APC – 86; PDP -102 ; Valid votes – 197 ; Rejected votes -01; Total votes cast – 198

Ankpa Local Government: Registered voters –  6,622; Accredited voters – 1,339; APC – 562; PDP – 629; Valid votes – 1,232; Rejected votes – 63; Total votes cast – 1,295

Bassa Local Government: Registered voters –  742; Accredited voters – 340; APC – 221; PDP – 114; Valid votes – 340; Rejected votes – 0; Total votes cast – 340

Ofu Local Government: Registered voters – 4,677; Accredited voters – 1,132; APC – 105; PDP – 484; Valid votes – 1,043; Rejected votes – 31; Total votes cast – 1,074

Lokoja Local Government: Registered voters – 2,854; Accredited voters – 833; APC – 301; PDP – 484; Valid votes – 1,043; Rejected votes – 31; Total votes cast – 1,074

Dekina Local Government: Registered voters – 17,558; Accredited voters – 4,991; APC – 2,178; PDP – 1,999; Valid votes – 4,339; Rejected votes -190; Total votes cast – 4,529

Ibaji Local Government: Registered voters – 2,678; Accredited voters – 745; APC – 369; PDP – 220; Valid votes – 595; Rejected votes – 12; Total votes cast – 607

Ida Local Government: Registered votes – 310; Accredited – 141; PDP – 70; APC – 62; Valid votes- 136; Rejected votes- 01; Total votes cast – 137

The final results for the election indicates that the APC scored 6,885 while the PDP scored 5,363 votes from the supplementary polls. When added to the result of the previous election, the APC total number of votes is 247,752 while that of the PDP is 204,877.

Total valid votes for the election is 472, 983, the number of rejected votes is 21,740, while the total number of votes cast is 494,723.

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