Following Saturday’s supplementary election held in 91 polling units across 18 local government areas of Kogi State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship Candidate, Alhaji Yahaya Bello the governor-elect of the State.
According to the Returning Officer, Immanuel Kucha, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Mr. Bello emerged winner in the Kogi State governorship supplementary election polling 6,885 votes to defeat incumbent governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Idris Wada, who got 5,363 votes.
Thus, APC polled a total of 247,752 votes, having polled 240,857 in the November 21 election; while PDP polled a total of 204, 877 votes, having had 199,514 at the November 21 election.
The election which was relatively peaceful, was marked by low voter turnout. It had been projected to be a walkover for Bello who replaced the former candidate of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, the APC governorship candidate that died on the verge of victory in the inconclusive governorship election held two weeks ago.
But in Bayelsa, it was a tight contest, four persons were killed, with many more injured in the governorship election that witnessed violence and the malfunctioning of the smart card readers in many areas.
Just like it happened during the March 28 presidential election, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) card reader again rejected the thumbprint of former president Goodluck Jonathan in yesterday’s governorship election.