Nigeria: INEC Declares Bello Kogi State Gov-Elect, Tight Contest in Bayelsa

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Yenagoa/Lokoja- All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship Candidate, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has actually arisen winner in the Kogi State governorship supplemental election polling 6,885 ballots to defeat incumbent governor and also Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Idris Wada, who obtained 5,363 ballots. Bello was declared Governor-elect by the state Returning Officer, Professor Kusa Emmanuel, having polled an overall of 247,752 as against PDP’s 204,877 votes. Yet in Bayelsa, it was a tight contest in between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon. Seriake Dickson, as well as his All Progressives Congress (APC) competitor, Chief Timipre Sylva, in Saturday State governorship election that claimed at the very least 4 lives and also damaged several others as physical violence burst out parts of the state. Saturday’s election had been predicted to be a walkover for Bello that changed the former candidate of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, the APC governorship candidate that passed away on the verge of success in the undetermined governorship election held two weeks ago. The result of yesterday’s appended survey as revealed by INEC at its office in Lokoja presented to that in Okene, Yahaya Bello’s local government, the APC candidate surveyed 208 votes while Wada got 2 votes. Shocking, in Dekina, Captain Wada’s local government, APC racked up 2178, while PDP got 1999.


Various other outcomes announced revealed that in Okehi, APC racked up 108 ballots, PDP 0; in Kogi KK, APC got 406, PDP 281; Idah, APC obtained 62, PDP 70; Yagba West, APC 86, PDP 73; Adavi, APC 878, PDP 12; Igalamela/Odolu; APC 92, PDP 434; as well as in Kabba/Bunu APC 201, PDP 131; Ajaokuta, APC 538, PDP 12. The APC candidate additionally racked up 167 in Olamaboro while PDP obtained 332. In Omala, APC racked up 317, PDP 323; in Ijumu, APC got 86, PDP102; in Ankpa APC scored 562, PDP 629; in Bassa, APC obtained 221, PDP 114; in Ibaji, APC secured 369, PDP obtained 220; in Ofu APC scored 105, PDP 484; and in Lokoja APC safeguarded 301, PDP obtained 145. Counting started early but proceeded into the late evening Saturday in the additional governorship election held in 91 ballot systems of the state. APC had defeated the ruling PDP in the state general election on November 21, however, it was with a margin lower than the number of signed up voters in the 91 ballot devices where the election was terminated. This caused the state of the governorship survey as undetermined by INEC.


The late APC candidate polled 240,867 votes ahead of Wada who polled 199,514 leaving a difference of 41,353. The number of cancelled votes was about 44,500. But points got challenging after the APC candidate, Abubakar Audu, passed away not long after the announcement by INEC on November 22. In the following political as well as a lawful logjam, APC chose Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a replacement for Audu. The matches by Audu’s running mate, Mr Abiodun Faleke, as well as incumbent Governor Idris Wada, challenging the selection of Bello as well as looking for to stop the supplemental election fell short on Friday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, clearing the way for yesterday’s election. While yesterday’s supplemental election was fairly peaceful, it was noted by reduced voter turnout. Yet in the Bayelsa, 4 persons were killed, with much more wounded in the governorship election that saw physical violence as well as the malfunctioning of the smart card readers in many areas.


Just like it occurred throughout the March 28 presidential election, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) card viewers once more rejected the thumbprint of former president Goodluck Jonathan in yesterday’s governorship election.

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