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INEC declares Bello winner of Kogi governorship polls




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Mr Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of Kogi governorship election.

The Returning Officer of the governorship election, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha declared the results early on Sunday morning in Lokoja after the conclusion of the supplementary election held in 91 polling units across 18 local government areas.

“That Yahaya Bello of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the majority is hereby declared winner,” Mr. Kucha said.

APC’s Bello polled 247,762 votes to defeat the incumbent Governor and Peoples Democratic Party, Idris Wada, who polled 204,877 votes.

He became APC’s candidate after the death of  Abubakar Audu on November 22.

Kucha, while declaring the results, said the results were a merger of the election held on Nov. 21 and the supplementary poll conducted in 91 polling units on Dec. 5.

“The results of the supplementary election shows that the APC scored 6,885 votes, while PDP got 5,363 votes.

“Only 13,000 out of the 49,000 registered voters expected to vote in the supplementary election turned out for accreditation and voting,” he said.

Kucha said out of the 494,723 votes cast during the exercise, only 21,740 were invalidated.


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