Yahaya Bello, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has thanked voters in Kogi State for re-electing him for a second term and promised to make the state’s development a priority.
Bello, who is the incumbent governor of the state, expressed his appreciation on Monday after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of Saturday’s Kogi State governorship election.
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According to Professor Ibrahim Umar, Governor Bello polled a total number of 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 189,704 votes.
Speaking at Government House in Lokoja, the state capital, Governor Bello dedicated the victory to his mother and also lauded the APC for its contribution towards his re-election.
He also sympathized with the relatives of victims who were either killed or injured during the election, vowing that his administration would ensure the perpetrators of the violent act are arrested and prosecuted.
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“While we sympathise with those who lost their lives during the election, I assure you that everyone who had a hand in their killings will not be spared, they will be made to face the full wrath of the law of the land,” he said.
The governor assured the people that he and Edward Onoja, his deputy, will fulfil their campaign promises and ensure that Kogi residents enjoy the dividends of democracy.