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Usman Ododo Declared Winner Of Kogi Governorship Election

Usman Ododo, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the winner of the Kogi State Off-cycle Governorship election.

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INEC said, the APC candidate polls 446, 237 votes to win the Candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Murtala Ajaka and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye who polled 259,052 and 46,362 votes respectively.

Meabwhile, INEC said, it would conduct fresh elections in 59 polling units where elections were suspended in Kogi State.

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INEC’s National Commissioner & Member Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Kudu Haruna disclosed this in a statement on Sunday

He said, in line with Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act 2022 and Clause 59 of INEC Regulations and Guidelines on the Conduct of Elections 2022, a fresh election would be held on Saturday 18th November 2023 in the affected Polling Units.

According to him, the most critical incident occurred in nine out of 10 Wards in Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area (LGA). We received reports of similar and other incidents in Adavi (5 Polling Units in Okunchi/Ozuri/Onieka Ward), Ajaokuta (5 Polling Units in Adogo Ward), Okehi (1 Polling Unit in Eika/Ohizenyi Ward) and Okene (5 Polling Units in Obehira Uvete Ward).

He explained that results from the affected Polling Units have been accounted for in Form EC40G for the four LGAs. However, in the case of Ogori/Magongo LGA, only the result of Oshobane Ward II with eight Polling Units and 2,264 registered voters has been collated.

He, however, noted that Election in the other nine Wards (Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben, and Oturu) involving 59 Polling Units and 15,136 registered voters remain suspended.

Haruna said, “in line with Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act 2022 and Clause 59 of INEC Regulations and Guidelines on the Conduct of Elections 2022, a fresh election will be held on Saturday 18th November 2023 in the affected Polling Units.

“The decision to hold fresh elections is subject to the Returning Officer’s determination of the application of the Margin of Lead Principle. However, this decision is without prejudice to our avowed commitment to follow the audit trail of personnel and materials to ascertain those who may have been complicit in undermining the process and apply appropriate sanctions where necessary.

“The Commission wishes to reiterate its assurances to voters in Kogi State that their votes will continue to count and their wishes respected”, he said.

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