The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Audu, has emerged winner of the Kogi State Governorship election held on Saturday.
With results from the state’s 21 local governments now counted, Mr. Audu garnered 231, 863 votes as against the 199, 514 votes scored by his closest challenger, Ibrahim Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The APC candidate defeated the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate and incumbent governor, Mr. Wada, in 16 of the 21 local government areas in the state.
Mr. Audu has 32,349 more votes than Mr. Wada.
The local governments won by Audu are Ofu, Ida, Kabba Bunu, Yagba East, Yagba West, Adavi, Koton Karfi, Ankpa, Okehi, Ajaokuta, Ijumun, Olamaboro, Igalamela, Bassa, Lokoja, and Ibaji.
The PDP was victorious in five local governments namely Ogori Mangogo, Omala, Okene, Dekina and Mopa-moro local governments.
The stage is set for collation of results from the 21 local government areas at the INEC headquarters in Lokoja.
The REC, Haliru Kpai, said no LGA had so far returned results.
The electoral body had, last night, shifted the collation exercise to this morning, as results did not trickle in from the Local Government Areas yesterday.
At the moment, at least results from 14 LGAs have arrived Lokoja.
The collation Officers are already seated in the conference hall preparing to commence announcements of results.
Follow our live blog of the announcements here.
Registered voters 66,563
Accredited voters 24,817
Registered voters 141,963
Accredited voters 52,344
In Dekina LGA election was cancelled in several polling units, affecting 17,954 registered voters. The Collation Officer cited violence and dearth sufficient security personnel as grounds for the cancellations.
Dekina LGA is Governor Idris Wada’s (PDP candidate) home town.
Registered voters 114,139
Accredited voters 30,756
Registered voters 51,526
Accredited voters 24,663
Election cancelled in two units for over voting and card reader malfunctioning.
Registered voters 54,266
Accredited voters 20,953
Election was canceled in three units across two wards.
Registered voters 71,756
Accredited voters 24,429
In Olamaboro LGA, four polling units were cancelled, affecting 2046 voters. In of the units at Olamaboro 2, the Collation Officer said “some individuals came in the name of party agents but overpowered the polling officers and started voting for those on the queue.”
Registered voters 119,556
Accredited voters 45,967
11 wards and 129 PUs
Registered voters 76,936
Accredited voters 32,311
Registered voters 53,510
Accredited voters 22,545
Due to snatching of ballot papers, card readers and other materials, six polling units were canceled in Omala LGA. The cancellations affected 2526 voters.
Kabba Bunu LGA
Registered voters 60,522
Accredited voters 19,620
The REC just declared a 30 minutes’ break. The collation exercise resumes at 11.00 a.m.
Results from 11 LGAs have so far been announced. APC is maintaining clear lead, having won in eight of the 11 LGAs whose results had been collated. See chart above fore how the parties stack.
In Yagba East, Ogele 05 polling unit was canceled after hoodlums attacked polling officers and destroyed the polling the booth, the Collation Officer has said.
Registered voters 48,762
Accredited voters 21471
Registered voters 35,322
Accredited voters 13,921
Registered voters 35,966
Accredited voters 15,902
11 wards and 266 PUs
Registered voters 117,132
Accredited voters 33,703
15 wards and 79 PUs.
Registered voters 46,819
Accredited voters 18,199
11 wards and 67 PUs
Registered voters 45,817
Accredited voters 21,834
11 Wards and 191 Polling Units
Registered voters 85,127
Accredited voters 30,993
Registered voters 52,441
Accredited voters 17,466
In Ajaokuta LGA, three polling units were canceled because of violence. The PUs are Ibiya South, Ituwa Opaja and Agbamila Ogodo.
Registered voters – 18,348. Accredited voters – 8,859
Registered voters 14,387
Accredited voters 4,820
No case of cancellation, the Collation Officer said.
Following the disclosure of the Collation Officer for Okehi LGA that one polling unit was canceled for over voting, the PDP agent, Mr. Adaga said he would be interested in the number of the registered voters.
In response, the Collation gave 403 as the number of registered voters.
Okehi Local Government
APC 10,170 PDP 8504
Finally, collation of results is about to begin. The Returning Officer, host Resident Electoral Commissioner, three National Commissioners and six other RECs are seated.
Results from Okehi LGA will be taken first. Mopa/Moro will follow.
Meanwhile, a PDP agent created a scene as he refused to leave the hall even though he had no accreditation letter.
He said he was there on the instruction of the Governor, Idris Wada.
While INEC says it can only accommodate one agent per political party in the hall where election results would be announced, PDP has four agents. The four PDP agents have taken attendance. But INEC has asked them to present one agent.
Scuffle Over APC Agent
A gorgeously dressed woman walks into the collation center citing an authority from the APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, to act act as his agent at the center.
This created a little upset, as one person had been registered as the party’s agent.
INEC announced that the parties should sort themselves out and ensure only one agent is produced for the exercise.
“We now have 16 results,” the INEC official, anchoring the collation exercise, just announced,
This implies results of 16 LGAs have been processed at the Commission’s ICT.
Tally of the results is expected to commence soon.
Collation of results has commenced. Collation Officers from 18 LGAs are ready to present with their results.
INEC officials have called the Collation Officers according to LGAs’ to enter results into the Commission’s database.
Agents of political parties are now taking attendance.