Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has said he will meet those who want to challenge his victory at the November 16th gubernatorial elections in court, boosting that he won landslide.
“Just few hours ago, I received my certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission in Lokoja. That is the conclusion of the November 16th gubernatorial election that was held, that I won with landslide, Bello said this while speaking to State House Correspondents after he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, at the presidential villa.
“I told you sometimes back that the issues of winning the election was not in question but the margin with which I will defeat my opponent, and that he will have no reason whatsoever to go tribunal. However going to the tribunal is their right and if they so wish, we will meet in court.
“But I want to use this opportunity to call on all those that contested the elections with me starting from the Primaries of our party to the main election, all other political parties to please join me, we are all citizens of Kogi State, in the this Next Level so that we can together do more for Kogi State.
“I inherited a state that was largely divided along ethnic lines but this particular election, I was able to put that behind us, that ethnicity is not the way, that it is a monster that has held the country down and that tore the states apart sometimes. By the special grace of God, today in Kogi State ethnicity has been buried finally. Because, in this particular election, I won overwhelmingly in all three senatorial districts of Kogi State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Thursday presented Bello with his certificate of return in Lokoja.
Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof Ibrahim Garba, announced the results, saying Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 189,704 votes.