Yahaya Bello, the All Progressives Congress APC candidate is now the Kogi state governor-elect having been declared winner of the supplementary elections conducted Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commissioner.
Immanuel Kucha, INEC returning officer declared Bello winner early Sunday morning to end the tension and controversies generated owing to its inconclusiveness on November 21 and the death of Abubakar Audu, the APC candidate.
The collation exercsise started Saturday In the supplementary election that held in 91 polling units across 18 local government areas of the state.
A total of 1,379,971 voters were registered for the election but only 526,389 were accredited.
On the addition of the results of the November 21 election and that of the supplementary elections, Kucha said the total number of valid votes to be 472,983; rejected votes as 21740; and total votes cast as 494723.
A total of 3,342 votes were cancelled.
Kucha, Vice Chancellor, while declaring the result of the election noted that the APC garnered 6,885 votes in the supplementary election.
The number of votes garnered by the APC brought its total votes to 247,752, together with the 240,857 got in the November 21 election.
The second runner up is Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party who is the incumbent governor and according to INEC, scored 5,363. PDP’s total votes came to 204, 877 votes together with the votes of 199,514 at the November 21 election.
“That Yahaya Bello of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the majority is hereby decakred winner,” Kucha said.
Against expectations, the supplementary election was generally peaceful and calm though recorded low turnout of voters.
Elections were cancelled in Etiaja junction, Anyingba ward, Dekina LGA, Olla ward in Ijumu LGA, Akpanyo and Ayah wards in Ibaji LGA, and Kupa Northeast owing to various reasons, including violence, snatching of election materials and over-voting.
The breakdown of the results of the supplementary election is as follows:
Okene LGA (one pollung unit)
Okehi LGA (one polling unit)
Kogi Kotokarfe (two polling units across two wards)
Idah LGA (one polling unit)
Yagba West LGA (one polling unit)
Adavi LGA (five polling units across five wards)
Igalamela/Odolu LGA (three polling units across three wards)
(Result signed by only the agent of PDP).
Kabba-Bunu LGA (four polling units across three wards)
Ajaokuta LGA (three polling units across three wards)
Olamaboro LGA (four polling units across four wards)
Omala LGA (six polling units across six wards)
(Election cancelled at the polling 005 in Olla ward due to violence and destruction of election materials, the Collation Officer said).
Ijumu LGA (one polling unit)
Ankpa LGA (nine polling units across six wards)
Bassa LGA (two polling units across two wards
Ibaji LGA (six polling units across five wards)
(Election cancelled in two polling units at Akpanyo and Ayah wards, affecting 710 voters, due to over voting and violence respectively).
Ofu LGA (eight polling units across four wards)
(Even with APGA’s surprise feat, it had no agent present to sign the results as only PDP and APC agents did).
Lokoja LGA (five polling units across two wards)
(There was a case of cancellation at Kupa North East due to violence).
Dekina LGA (29 polling units across 7 wards)
(Election was cancelled at Etiaja junction 11 polling unit, affecting 1307 voters, due to violence)