Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Senatorial rerun election which took place in two senatorial districts of Kogi state on Saturday saw the two results inconclusive, while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gain more strength in the state assembly rerun election with three additional new members.
In the Senatorial rerun election in Kogi Central, Hon. Ahmed Salau Ogembe of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) score 45, 468, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi of Progressive People Aliance (PPA) 31, 163, while Dr. Moses Wakili of Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 9, 962.
According to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the returning officer Mr. Salihu James, declared the result inconclusive following the cancelation of over 20,000 votes which affected the entire Otutu ward, two polling units at Upogoro in Okene Local Government Area and also In Karaworo , Eresuha and Inozomi wards in Adavi Local Government Area as a result of election malpractices.
In Okene/Ogorimagogo Federal Constituency, Hon Tijani Damisa of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was elected on opposed because he was the only sole candidate for the rerun election.
In Kogi East Senatorial rerun election, the returning officer declared the election inconclusive following electoral inconsistency.
In Kogi East state Assembly rerun election result, Hon. Hassan Baiwa Abdullai Okura state Constituency, of All Progressive Congress (APC) scored 8,515 to emerged winner while in Dekina/Biraidu Constituency, Hon Idoko Moses Ododo also of All Progressive Party (APC) was elected into the state assembly.
In Ankpa 1 state Constituency, Hon Ahmed Mohammed of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also picked the ticket for state assembly, while in Idah state Constituency, Hon Ekubule Ochejenu of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was also elected.
In Ofu state assembly constituency, Hon Friday Ali of People’s Democratic Party (PDP )was also elected.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has commended the people of the state for the peaceful conduct of the rerun election in some parts of the state.
The Governor who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulkarim Abdulmalik also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the manner in which the elections were conducted especially the innovation that ensured that voters no longer wait for hours after accreditation before casting their votes, adding that this was partly responsible for the relatively large turn out witnessed in some parts of the state.
The Governor congratulated those who were victorious and urged them to be magnanimous in victory and called for gallantry among candidates whose party may have lost the election.
While assuring that his administration will ensure that law and order prevail throughout the state at all time, Governor Bello directed security agencies in the state to investigate reports of violence in some parts of the state during the rerun election and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
He appealed to those who were victims of the disturbances during election to remain calm and reiterated that his administration will not condone any form of thuggery or hooliganism from any person or group in any part of the state.