Kogi Supplementary Polls Peaceful Amid Fair Turn Out
MAJOR streets of Lokoja were practically deserted yesterday, as residents of the ancient city returned to their various constituencies to cast their votes in the supplementary elections. The Kogi State gubernatorial election had been declared inconclusive, though the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, late Prince Abubakar Audu, now substituted with Yahaya Bello, was leading with over 41, 000 votes.
During the election yesterday, The Guardian visited some polling units and observed that accreditation commenced by 8.30 am in areas such as Ojade, Emere Junction, RCM, Ogbagbala in Ojokwu and Ankpa Township, all in Ward 1 and Ward2 in Ankpa Local Government Area. While in Okedisin polling unit, Oke Egbe Ward 01, Yagba West council, accreditation ended by 11:30 am, with the full presence of party agents.
Earlier, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the supplementary election, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said his emergence as governorship candidate is an act of God, urging the people to ensure peace before, during and after election.
“My scope as a person is very wide, so let me say that I am not here to play any tribal agenda. I will try my best to ensure that the state is in a harmony,” he stated.
Also speaking, a governorship aspirant in the August 8 primary election of the party Dr Tim Nda Diche described the APC governorship candidate as a vibrant, young and dynamic person, who has all requisites to move the state forward.