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Yahaya Bello wins Kogi governorship election marred by suspicion, bloodshed



After days of increasingly restive waiting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has officially declared governor Yahaya Bello of the APC has the winner of the Kogi elections.


Bello who is the incumbent Governor of the state won 12 local government councils while his closest rival, Engr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 9 local government councils.


The long-awaited announcement is unlikely to satisfy the opposition parties in the state.


Both local and foreign observers has called for cancellation of the exercise, alleging widespread electoral fraud.


Deadly clashes erupted between party thugs and voters trying to guide their vote, which saw thugs opening fire on voters with at least two dead and dozens injured.


The incumbent has kept his grasp on power with a combination of corruption, violent intimidation and suppression of dissent.


The PDP candidate vowed to challenge the results through the courts.



Below is results of the election as declared by INEC:

Ogori Magongo
APC 3,679
PDP 2,145

Ijumu LGA
APC 11 425
PDP 7,587

Omala LGA
APC 8,473
PDP 14,403

Adavi LGA
APC 64,657
PDP 366

APC 8,075
PDP 11,195

Okene LGA
APC 112,764
PDP 139

APC 15,364
PDP 8,084

APC 14,097
PDP 9,404

Yagba East
APC 6,735
PDP 7,546

Okehi LGA
APC 36,954
PDP 478

APC 4,953
PDP 3,581

Idah LGA
APC 4,602
PDP 13,962

APC 17,952
PDP 5,565

APC 16,876
PDP 8,155

Yagba West

APC 7,868
PDP 8,860



Bassa LG
APC -8386,

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