INEC Declares APC's Ahmed Usman Ododo Winner of 2023 Kogi Governorship Election

INEC Declares APC's Ahmed Usman Ododo Winner of 2023 Kogi Governorship Election journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics and elections in Nigeria

Lokoja, Kogi state - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially declared Ahmed Ododo as the winner of Saturday, November 11, governorship election in Kogi state.

Since Sunday morning, November 12, 2023, when INEC started to announce the results, Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was cruising to a win over his main contenders, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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Ododo is a protégé of the outgoing governor, Yahaya Bello. Photo credit: Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo
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Kogi election: Ododo is the winner

After announcing the remaining results of the poll at the INEC office in Lokoja on Sunday night, returning officer, Johnson Urama, said Ododo had a total of 446,237 votes to defeat his closest rival, SDP's Ajaka, who polled 259,052 votes. Melaye came third with 46,362 votes.

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Urama said:

“Ahmed Usman Ododo, having scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner.”

Check out the final scores of all the political parties below:

A – 1,254

AA – 1,440

AAC – 424

ADC – 21,819

ADP – 1064

APC – 446,237

APGA – 469

APM – 130

APP – 1,135

BP – 82

LP – 567

NNPP – 136

NRM – 242

PDP – 46,362

PRP – 781

SDP – 259,052

YPP – 868

ZLP – 227




Fresh election in parts of Kogi

Earlier, reported that INEC said fresh polls would be conducted in 59 polling units in the Ogori/Magongo local government area (LGA) of Kogi state.

According to the electoral umpire, the fresh election would be held next Saturday, November 18, 2023.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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