From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The incumbent governor of Kogi state and candidate of the APC, in the just concluded Guber polls last Saturday, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has been declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Making the declaration in Lokoja on Monday, the returning officer for the governorship election who is the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garuba said the governor elect, Yahaya Bello polled 406,222 votes to floor his rival candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.
The governor-elect, Yahaya Bello won in 12 out of the 21 local government areas of the state to emerge while his major opposition candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), captured 9 council areas to come second.
Meanwhile, the Governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Engr. Musa Wada and his running mate, Sam Aro have rejected the result of the election and vowed to head for tribunal to challenge the outcome.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, Musa Wada said the results of the election were written in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He posited that the deputy governor of the state, Chief Edward Onoja with security agencies were moving freely and visiting collation centers where he change results to favour his party.
He also lamented that APC rigged the election with the result of Kogi Central adding that he and his party PDP will challenge the result in court.
“The result is not true reflection of what happened. The people of the state voted for PDP but APC changed the result to favour them. “Results declared so far by INEC are a written result and we can’t accept that. Every single result was change and we are going to challenge the election. The election is not true reflection of what happened in the field. “I am the candidate of the party and I don’t have to wait till they kill me I have to cry out to the people of Nigeria to know that APC rigged the election.