Breaking: INEC: Kogi’s Governorship Election Inconclusive
For many Nigerians expecting to hear the final outcome of yesterday’s Kogi state governorship elections, the wait may be longer. Earlier today, Sunday, November 22, the Independent National Electoral Election (INEC) declared the Kogi governorship election inconclusive as a result of high number of canceled election and people that could not vote.
Announcing the result today, the Chief Returning Officer of the INEC, Professor Emmanuel Ujah in Lokoja shortly after the collation of the election that the total number of election that were canceled in 91 polling units across the state was 49, 953 votes.
According to him, while the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu polled a total number of votes of 240,867, the candidate of the incumbent governor, Captain Idris Wada of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 199,514 votes.
Professor Ujah said that while the marging of number of votes between the two candidates was 41,353, the cancelled votes and none election at 49,953 outnumbers the marging of the votes between the supposed winner and the looser.
The Returning Officer listed places where elections were cancelled or no election held were nine polling units in Ankpa with 6,021; two polling units in Bassa with 742 votes; 29 polling units in Dekina with 17,454 votes; six polling units in Ibaji with 2,665 votes; one polling unit in Idah with 310 votes and three polling units in Igalamela-Ogbolu with 1,501 votes.
Others are one polling unit in Ijumu with 705 votes, four polling units in Kabba-Bunu with ,767 votes; tow polling units in Kogi with 1,689 votes; five polling units in Lokoja with 2,854; eight polling units in Ofu with 4,679 votes; one polling unit each in Okehi and Okene with 403 and 676 votes respectively; four polling units in Olamaboro with 2,046 votes; six polling units in Omala with 2,526 and one polling unit in Yagba with 375 votes.
Professor Ujah applied the relevant electoral guidelines and declared the election none conclusive though no date was fixed for supplementary election to decide the winner.