The results collection process for the Kogi State governorship election has begun, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Following the collation of election results from 18 of Kogi State’s 21 local government areas, there is a close contest between Murtala Ajaka, the Social Democratic Party’s (SDP) candidate, and Usman Ododo, the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate. The election is scheduled for November 11, 2023.
Following an initial adjournment last night, the results collection process started on Sunday morning.
As of right now, the following LGAs have released their results: Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Ijumu, Kabba/Bunu, Kogi, Mopa-Muro, Olamaboro, Ofu, Okehi, Omala, Ogori/Magongo, Okene, and Yagba East and Yagba West.
The University of Nigeria’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Johnson Urama, the State Returning Officer, is anticipating the results of the Lokoja, Ibaji, and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Areas.
Leke Abejide of the African Democratic Party (ADC) and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are two more formidable candidates in the race, in addition to Ajaka and Ododo, who served as Governor Yahaya Bello’s former Auditor General of Local Government in Kogi.
Melaye had alerted the authorities on Saturday of “filled result sheets” in the North Central State’s Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area. In addition, the PDP candidate demanded that the exercise be stopped due to violence and vote-buying. Following that, INEC halted voting in nine local government area wards.
Similar to Kogi, governorship elections were held on Saturday in Bayelsa and Imo states. Governor Hope Uzodimma of the APC defeated 15 rivals, including Samuel Anyanwu of the PDP and Nneji Achonu of the Labour Party (LP). With 540,308 votes, Uzodimma defeated his nearest competitors, Anyanwu of the PDP (71,503) and Achonu of the LP (64,081).
Below are the results announced by INEC:
Ogori-Magongo LGA (Osebande ward), Kogi State
Accredited voters: 665
According to the Returning Officer of the local government, Kingsley Ogunnimilo, there were no elections in 10 out of the 11 wards. The result declared above is that of the Osebande ward.
Idah LGA, Kogi State
Accredited voters: 23,044