Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Usman Ododo, as winner of Kogi State election conducted on Saturday.
The Chief Returning officer, Professor Johnson Oramah, who made the announcement in Lokoja, said Ododo scored 446,237 votes to defeat the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, who got 259,052.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, came third with 46,362 votes.
In Imo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),also declared the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma of the APC the winner of Imo governorship election.
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Declaring the result of Saturday’s off-circle election, the State Returning Officer, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, said Uzodimma polled 540,308 votes to defeat 17 other candidates.
Fasina, who is the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, said that the PDP Governorship Candidate, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, polled 71,503 votes.
He also said that Sen. Athan Achonu of the Labour Party, came third with 64,081 votes, while Mr Anthony Ejiogu of APGA scored 6,392 votes to occupy the fourth position.
Reacting to the results of the election, the State Collation Officer for the Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Nwahiri, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the poll.
“The result of the governorship election that was declared today (Sunday) is a result of vote buying,” he said.
Nwahiri said that the decision on the next line of action would be taken by the national leadership of the party.
The peoples Democratic Party, candidate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu in his reaction, called for the cancellation of the election over alleged ballot box-snatching and violence.
He said security agencies assisted officials of INEC to ensure victory for the APC governor.
However, INEC’s Head of Voter Education, Mrs Emmanuella Opara, dismissed the allegation as unfounded.
Opara said that the commission had yet to receive any official reports on vote buying, ballot-box snatching or any other malpractice