The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Yahaya Bello, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the governorship election just concluded in Kogi state.
Ibrahim Garba, vice-chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and returning officer for the commission, gave the final figures and made the declaration at exactly 11.57 am on Monday, November 18.
Garba noted that Bello polled the highest number of votes in the election with 406,222 to defeat Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 189,704 in the election.
As collated by INEC, it means Bello defeated Wada with a total of 216,518.
Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came a distant third in the election with 9482 votes.
Meanwhile, the PDP agent at the final collation centre rejected the outcome of the election in some local government areas and insisted that the exercise did not take place, but that results were doctored, manufactured and handed over to the INEC.
He refused to sign a copy of the final result when he was called. According to him, his refusal to append his signature is in line with the electoral act.
Legit.ng reports that the final collation of results by INEC commenced on Sunday, November 17, hours after voting was concluded.
There were wide reports of violence in most parts of the state during the election. Observers also claimed that there were incidents of vote-buying. Many of them called for the cancellation of the exercise.
The PDP agent mentioned areas including Okene, Adaji, Olamaboro and some others as areas where elections were either marred or results doctored.
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