By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has won last Saturday Governorship election as declared by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) having scored the highest votes .
Bello who contested under the All Progressive Congress (APC) polled a total of 406,222 votes to defeat his arch-rival and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Musa Wada who scored 189,704 votes in the just concluded governorship election.
The candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti who is a runner up scored a total of nine, 482 to come third in last Saturday governorship race.
Announcing the result at INEC collation centre in Lokoja on Monday, the Returning Officer , Kogi gubernatorial election, Professor Ibrahim Garba said that Bello having satisfy the requirement of law and was returned as a winner.
The Returning officer explained that the total number of registered voter in Kogi stood at 1,646322 total Valid votes 610,744,, rejected votes 13,770 , total votes 624,514 and invalid votes 149,576.
Bello won the following local government, Ogori/Magongo, Ijumu, Adavi, Okene, Kabba/Bunu Kogi (Koton Karfe ),Okehi Mopamuro Ajaokuta , Olamaboro Ibaji and Lokoja and scored 25 per cent in other seven local government areas.
PDP candidate won in Omola , Igalamela/Odolu, Yagba East, Idah , Yagba West, Bassa Anlpa ,Ofu and Dekina where he hails from .
Meanwhile, the PDP agent at the collation centre, Joe Agada who raised many objections while the collation was on declined signing the final results sheet, argued that the result was not the true reflection of what happened on the field on Saturday.
Agada stressed further that the PDP will seek redress in tribunal very soon.
It would be recalled that the PDP candidate, Musa Wada had earlier rejected the outcome of the election , describing it as sham .