Yahaya Bello, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been declared as winner of the 2019 Kogi State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Bello, who is the incumbent governor of the state, defeated 24 other candidates in the election, which held across the state on Saturday.
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Professor Ibrahim Umar, the Returning Officer for the election, declared Governor Bello as winner of the election on Monday at 11:56am.
According to the result declared by Umar, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Ahamdu Bello University, Zaria, Governor Bello polled a total number of 406,222 votes, while his closest rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), garnered 189,704 votes.
The APC governorship candidate, therefore, recorded a wide margin of 216,518 votes against his PDP opponent.
A look at the declared result shows that Bello won 12 out of 21 Local Government Areas in the state, while Wada won nine LGAs.
Bello won in Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ibaji, Ijumu, Kabba-Bunu, Korton-Karfe, Lokoja, Mopa-Muro, Ogori-Magongo, Okehi, Okene and Olamaboro LGAs.
Wada clinched victory in Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Igala Mela/Odolu, Ofu, Omala, Yagba East and Yagba West LGAs.
Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third with 9,482 votes.
With the result declaration, Governor Bello has been re-elected for a second term and will govern alongside Edward Onoja as his deputy.
Onoja, who was recently sworn-in as the Deputy Governor, served as the governor’s Chief of Staff before the impeachment of Simon Achuba by the Kogi State House of Assembly.
Achuba was elected Deputy Governor in 2015 before he was impeached in October.
Meanwhile, a mild drama occurred at the collation centre after the PDP agent refused to sign the result sheet, stating that he and his party do not accept the outcome of the election.