The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Kogi’s Saturday governorship election inclusive owing to vote cancellation in some polling 59 units, whose number outweigh the difference between parties with highest vote, Prince Audu of APC and second highest, Capt. Idris Wada of PDP.
Out of the total vote cast, Audu of All Progressives Congress has 240,827 while Wada of Peoples Democratic Party, 199,514 votes. Making a difference of 41,353 which is less than the 49,953 that was cancelled in the 59 polling units. The third place goes to Dr. Philip Salawu of Labour Party with 8,756 votes.
The INEC returning officer for Kogi election, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, made the analysis and said no winner could be declared yet since cancelled votes was more than the difference between Audu and Wada.
Prof Kucha said, “Since the number of cancelled votes was 49,953 while the difference between the votes scored by the APC and PDP candidates stood at 41,353, the election could not yet be declared as conclusive.
“Applying provision of INEC guideline, page 22 – 23 paragraph 4(m), the election will be re-conducted in 59 polling units across eighteen LGAs”.
Here is the breakdown of the winner of Kogi governorship election, according to the 21 local government across the state:
APC won 16: Yagba East, Yagba West, Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Lokoja, Kogi, Okehi, Ajaokuta, adavi, Ankpa, Igalamela/Odolu, Ofu, Olamaboro, Ibaji, Bassa and Idah.
PDP won 5: Omala, Dekina, Mopamuro and Ogori/Mangogo, Okene
Even though Kogi election was peaceful, there were some disorder like ballot snatching, not adhering to usage of Card Reader machine, over voting, violence and other malpraltices in 18 LGAs polling units which result to the cancellation of 59 units.
The 18 cancelled Local Governments are: The following are the LGAs and numbers of cancelled votes:
Ijumu 705, Kogi 1689, Kabba/Bunu 1767, Okenee 676, Ibaji 2665, Olamaboro 2046, Adavi 2134, Bassa 742, Idah 310, Ajaokuta 1406, Ofu 4679, Dekina 17,454, Lokoja 2854, Okehi 403, Yagba West 375, Igalamela/Odolu 1501, Omala 2526, and Anpka 6021