The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate and incumbent Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, on Sunday lost his bid to return to office for a second term following his defeat by Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the supplementary governorship election conducted in the state on Saturday.
Declaring the election result, the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, Returning Officer, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, said APC scored 6,885 votes in the supplementary election, bringing the total votes it received to 247,752, having polled 240,857 in the November 21 election,while PDP polled 5,363, that is, a total of 204, 877 votes, having had 199,514 at the November 21 election.
The Returning Officer also said while a total of 1,379,971 voters were registered for the election, only 526,389 were accredited and 3,342 votes were cancelled.
The Street Journal recalls that the governorship election first held on Nov. 21 was declared inconclusive on November 22 by Kucha, suddenly after which Abubakar Audu, the then APC candidate died, thereby, necessitating his substitution by APC with Bello, aged 40, who initially lost the APC primary election to Audu.
“That Yahaya Bello of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the majority is hereby declared winner,” Kucha, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi,said.
Kucha had on Nov.22 declared the election inconclusive after the margin of win between PDP and APC was less than the number of registered voters in the 91 polling units where election was cancelled.
Meanwhile, Mr James Faleke, the late Audu’s running mate in the Nov 21 election withdrew his candidature as running to Bello, just before the supplementary election.
He has also gone to court seeking to be declared the winner of the inconclusive election and Governor of the state following Audu’s death.