Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The candidates of All Progressive Congress (APC), Kogi State Chapter have been declared the winner of the local council polls as the party won in the 21 local government areas and swept 239 wards councilors in the state.
While announcing the result of Local government council polls on Sunday, the Chairman of Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC), Mamman Nda Eri disclosed that the commission has ratified and adopted the result of the local government election as forward from each of 21 local government SIEC office in the state.
While reeling out the result, the APC swept at the 21 chairmanship seats and also cleared the 239 wards councillorship seats in Kogi State.
Eri pointed out that the list of the councilors who won the election would be pasted on Notice Board of KOSIEC at headqaurters of the commission.
He commended the traditional rulers, the security agencies, the political parties as well as the media for their cooperation in making the just concluded election a huge success in the State.
The winners are Adavi -Joesph Omuya, Slami -Ajaokuta , Mustapha Aliyu -Akaba , Ankpa – Ibrahim Abagwu, Bassa – Mohammed Muktar , Dekina- Shaibu Siaka, Ibaji – William Ikojo, Igalamela-Onoja James Omachonur , Ijumu, Taufiq Isa Kabba/Bunu , Olorunleke Moses
Others are Kogi – lsah Abdulkarim,Lokoja-Mohammed Dansebe , Mopa Moro-Moses Sunday David, Ofu -Ibrahim Amodu, Ogori/Magongo- Goke Oparison , Okehi,-Ahdulraheem Ohiare .Okene , Abdulrazaq Mohammed Yusuf, Olamaboro , Adejoh Friday , Omala Ibrahim Yakubu Aboh , Yagba East , Ashiru Abdulrazaq and Yagba West Kolawole Pius .
Meanwhile, the major opposition party in the state , the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Local government election conducted in Kogi as a sham, stressing that there was no election in Kogi State on Saturday.
The State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr. Bode Ogunmola in a statement on Saturday, described the entire process as a scam.
He said the State Government should have opened up to the entire Kogite that they were not ready to conduct any council election rather than wasting the precious time of electorates who are willing to express their anger through the ballot on the maladministration of the present All Progressive Congress, (APC), in the last five years.
Ogunmola noted that the feelers he is getting across the state polling booths showed that there was no election conducted anywhere in the State.
The Party spokesman alleged that some thugs loyal to the ruling party, invaded the headquarter of the KOSIEC, on Friday night, to snatch ballot boxes into an unknown destination.
He said the ruling party would have tasted a sweeping defeat, if they were willing to conduct a credible, free and fair election, as their five years in power has been greeted with poverty, unemployment, hunger and a shrinking economy.