Bello- 406,222 Votes; Wada- 189,704 Votes
The Independent National Electoral Commission has officially declared the incumbent governor of Kogi State, Mr. Yahaya Bello, as the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State.
By so doing, the governor from the minority Igbira ethnic group has won a second term in office.
Bello defeated his Peoples Democratic Party challenger, Mr. Musa Wada with a margin of 216, 518 votes. Wada has, however, indicated he would challenge the results in court.
INEC had earlier put the announcement of the result on hold on Sunday evening after results in 19 out of the 21 council areas were released.
The commission said they were still awaiting results from Lokoja and Ibaji council
areas. It also added that clarification on result from Dekina was needed.
After announcing the remaining results of the poll at INEC office in Lokoja on Monday, Returning Officer, Prof. Ibrahim Umar, said Bello had a total of 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Wada, who polled 189,704 votes.
according to agency report, Umar said, “Bello Yahaya, having scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and therefore returned.”
But after the announcement, PDP agent refused to sign the results declared by INEC.
The party had, on Sunday, dissociated itself from the result, with Wada alleging irregularities and voter intimidation by “APC thugs,” and statewide violence during the conduct of the poll.