Kogi Governor Set for Re-election
By Ufuoma Egbamuno and Olamide Fadoju
Incumbent, Yahaya Bello, looks all set to be re-elected as governor of Kogi State following the resumption of collation of results this morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC).
Latest results from two local governments areas, Ibaji and Lokoja shows that Governor Bello, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), extended his lead over his closest rival, Engr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kogi State indigenes, and indeed millions of Nigerians, have been anxiously waiting the final result of Saturday's governorship election in the state.
In Lokoja LGA, Governor Bello scored a total of 19,457 while his opponent from the PDP scored a total of 11,059 votes. Also in Ibaji LGA, the APC got 12,682 votes while the PDP polled a total of 10,504 votes.
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Meanwhile, governorship candidate of the PDP, Engr. Musa Wada has described last Saturday's governorship election in Kogi State as a huge fraud. He told Nigeria Info correspondent Philip Nwelih exclusively in Lokoja that security personnel aided the electoral fraud.
“It is a real scam,” Wada said angrily. “The violence was aided by the security personnel. They were escorting thugs to cause mayhem in our areas of strength especially the policemen (were) working in conjunction with APC thugs to disrupt elections where they are not strong to give them room for violence so that they can go and write the results they have so written. So they have achieved their aim.”
He continued: “Where is democracy? When you see a Police Commissioner coming to stay in a collation centre in my local government from last night to this morning. What was his mission there? Where is the democracy, when a helicopter from the police force will come and pour tear gas on my supporters in Ganaja, knowing fully well that is one of my stronghold?”
The Kogi State PDP Candidate also denied reports making rounds that he had conceded defeat and congratulated his rival and APC candidate, Governor Bello. According to Wada, the statement circulating in the media being attributed to him is totally false.
“I will be stupid to come and say I have congratulated somebody who robbed me of my victory,” Wada noted.
In his message to the people of Kogi state, the PDP candidate called on the people to keep their faith and promised to seek legal options with a hope to reclaim him mandate
“It is unfortunate that this has happened to them. This is a continuity of the suffering in the land that we wanted to come to change. But they should not despair. We are going to pursue this till the logical conclusion within the converse of the law of this country and even though there is no hope in Nigeria now from the judiciary to the legislature.
“Everything has been commandeered by the executive in this country. Naturally, Judiciary should be the hope of the common man. We hope that we get justice from there because it is about the masses, not me, not the party.
“And if they genuinely voted for me as they did, and their hopes were dashed by writing and coining results that will make them get victory, it is quite unfortunate. They should be patient, I wish them well. I know the suffering will continue because things will get bad under this very government. We hope at the end of the day, we will get justice and then the government they voted for will come to serve them.
“They should be patient. They should tolerate the type of government we have now that makes sure all the tenets of democracy are sunken. That they are not working. One day Democracy will come to Nigeria. There is no democracy in Nigeria as at now,” he noted.
Additional reports by Philip Nwelih and Georges Macnobleson