Independent National Electoral
Commissioner has declared Yahaya Bello
of the All Progressives Congress the
governor-elect of Kogi State, following
yesterday’s conclusion of the
governorship election declared
inconclusive on November 22.
The Returning Officer, Immanuel Kucha,
declared Mr. Bello winner at 5.26 AM on
Sunday, ending a collation exercsise that
started 11.06pm on Saturday.
Saturday’s Supplementary election held
in 91 polling units across 18 local
government areas on Saturday.
The supplementary poll did not hold only
in three local government area, namely
Mopa, Ogori Magogo and Yagba East.
The election was declared inconclusive
after the margin of win between PDP
and APC was less than the number of
registered voters in the 91 polling units
where election was cancelled.
According to the results declared by Mr.
Kucha, Vice Chancellor, University of
Agriculture, Makurdi, the APC garnered
6,885 votes in the supplementary
election, bringing the total votes it
received to 247,752, having polled
240,857 in the November 21 election.
The second runner up, the Peoples
Democratic Party and its candidate, Idris
Wada, who is the incumbent governor,
scored 5,363 in the supplementary
Thus, PDP polled a total of 204, 877
votes, having had 199,514 at the
November 21 election.
“That Yahaya Bello of the APC, having
satisfied the requirement of the law and
scored the majority is hereby decakred
winner,” Mr. Kucha said.
Mr. Bello, 40, emerged APC candidate for
the supplementary election, after the
demise of Abubakar Audu on November
22. The deceased won the APC primary
election, with Mr. Bello was first runner-
A total of 1,379,971 voters were
registered for the election but only
526,389 were accredited.
After the merger of the substantive and
the supplementary elections, Mr. Kucha
announced the total number of valid
votes to be 472,983; rejected votes as
21740; and total votes cast as 494723.
A total of 3,342 votes were cancelled.
The supplementary election was
generally peaceful and calm, albeit
characterised by low turnout of voters.
However, in few places like Etiaja
junction, Anyingba ward, Dekina LGA,
Olla ward in Ijumu LGA, Akpanyo and
Ayah wards in Ibaji LGA, and Kupa
Northeast, election was cancelled due to
various reasons, including violence,
snatching of election materials and over-
Meanwhile, the National Electoral
Commissioner, supervising the Kogi
election, Amina Zakari, stated that
Abiodun Faleke could not withdraw
himself as the deputy givernorship
candidate of APC.
Ms. Zakari said this before the
commencement of collation of results of
the supplementary election.
She was reacting to a question by PDP
agent, Joe Agada, who called attention to
Mr. Faleke’s withdrawal letter to INEC.
Ms. Zakari, a former acting chairperson
of INEC, said Mr. Faleke was “the name
provided by the party.”
“Candidate’s letter is not enough to
withdraw himself,” she said.
She, however, advised the PDP agent to
seek redress in court.
The breakdown of the results of the
supplementary election is as follows:
Okene LGA (one pollung unit)
Okehi LGA (one polling unit)
Kogi Kotokarfe (two polling units across
Idah LGA (one polling unit)
Yagba West LGA (one polling unit)
Adavi LGA (five polling units across five
Igalamela/Odolu LGA (three polling units
across three wards)
(Result signed by only the agent of PDP).
Kabba-Bunu LGA (four polling units
across three wards)
Ajaokuta LGA (three polling units across
Olamaboro LGA (four polling units
across four wards)
Omala LGA (six polling units across six
(Election cancelled at the polling 005 in
Olla ward due to violence and
destruction of election materials, the
Collation Officer said).
Ijumu LGA (one polling unit)
Ankpa LGA (nine polling units across six
Bassa LGA (two polling units across two
Ibaji LGA (six polling units across five
(Election cancelled in two polling units
at Akpanyo and Ayah wards, affecting
710 voters, due to over voting and
Ofu LGA (eight polling units across four
(Even with APGA’s surprise feat, it had
no agent present to sign the results as
only PDP and APC agents did).
Lokoja LGA (five polling units across two
(There was a case of cancellation at
Kupa North East due to violence).
Dekina LGA (29 polling units across 7
(Election was cancelled at Etiaja junction
11 polling unit, affecting 1307 voters,
due to violence).
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