Police Arrest Six Suspects Over Murder Of Kogi PDP Woman Leader

 

Six suspects have been arrested over the murder of Woman Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Wada/Aro campaign council in Kogi state, Mrs. Achejuh Abuh.

This is coming barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered security agencies to carry out a thorough expeditious investigation into the incident.

Mrs. Abuh was burnt alive in her home by suspected political thugs after the Governorship election in the state.

READ ALSO: Buhari Urges Judiciary To Create Special Crime Courts

According to the Command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ayah, who spoke to Channels Television, the six suspects were arrested on Friday in Ochadamu while carrying out a robbery operation.

He added that during interrogation, investigation revealed that one of the suspects was a principal actor in the killing of the women leader.

According to Mr. Ayah, the suspects will be interrogated to ascertain the level of their involvement in the crime.

The police spokesman said the outcome of the investigation will be made public upon conclusion.

Yahaya Bello Won A War Not An Election – Kogi PDP Chieftain

The Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council, Kogi State, Faruk Adejoh-Audu says he cannot congratulate Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello because Kogi State was turned into a war field during the Saturday election.

Adejoh-Audu said the election was marred by violence, claiming that nine PDP members were killed during the election.

He also explained how the PDP women leader of Ochadamu Ward in Ofu Local Government Area, Salome Abuh, was burnt to death in her home by political thugs.

READ ALSO: Pockets Of Violence Is Not Enough To Discredit Kogi Election, Says Yahaya Bello

“I will have congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello but unfortunately, I cannot because he won no election. What he won was a war waged by him and the Nigerian Police, so I cannot congratulate him.

“His claim that there were just pockets of violence is incorrect. There is hardly any ward in Kogi State except a few that did not experience violence.

“Violence is not necessarily when people die, but in this case, people died. At least nine people died, all of them were PDP members. The 10th person was killed after the announcement of result yesterday and it was the PDP woman leader of Ochadamu ward,” Audu said.

He also insisted that the Kogi election was a war and not an election.

“We came out for an election but it turned out to be a war with the Nigerian Police, the security agencies and Yahaya Bello members of staff.”

Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, have rejected the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He described the election as a declaration of war against citizens of Kogi  State and insisted on using every legal means to reclaim his mandate.

Three Killed As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Kogi

Scene of the explosion of the petrol tanker in Felele, Lokoja, Kogi State capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Three people were killed on Monday morning following a petrol tanker explosion in the Felele area, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the accident occurred after the brake of the trailer failed and the driver lost control. The tanker then rammed into a motorcycle resulting in multiple accidents and eventual explosion of the fuel-laden tanker.

READ ALSO: Two Abducted Lecturers Regain Freedom In Kaduna

A passenger bus and motorcycle were also involved in the accident.

The tricycle rider was burnt beyond recognition in the inferno.

The Federal Fire Service sent to cover the Kogi election later came to the scene to put out the fire.

Those who sustained injuries from the accident were later rushed to the hospital.

See photos from the accident below…

 

Yahaya Bello, Supporters Jubilate Over Kogi Election Victory

PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV (November 18, 2019).

 

Jubilation is in the air at the Kogi State Government House as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello, has been re-elected.

Governor Bello was returned elected on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having scored the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, made the declaration at the INEC office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.


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The APC candidate polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.

See photos of the Governor and his supporters jubilating at the State House.

Yahaya Bello Re-Elected Kogi State Governor

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has been re-elected as the governor of the state.

Governor Bello was returned elected on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having scored the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, made the declaration at the INEC office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

READ ALSO: INEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

The APC candidate polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.

On her part, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

Professor Umar declared the winner following the collation of results from all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, an exercise which lasted more than 24 hours.

After several hours of collating the results from 19 LGAs, Professor Umar had announced on Sunday night that the exercise would continue on Monday morning.

Of the results collated before the exercise was suspended, it was a close battle between Bello who won 10 LGAs and Wada who claimed nine LGAs while Natasha had yet to win any local government.

 

Violent Election?

At the resumption of the exercise, the results of the remaining two local governments – Ibaji and Lokoja – were collated, paving the way for the declaration of the winner of the election.

Announcing the final results of the election, the returning officer noted that a total of 1,646,350 people registered for the election while 636,202 were accredited to vote.

He explained that the margin between the winner of the election and the runner-up was 216,518 votes.

READ ALSO: Kogi West Senatorial Rerun: INEC Declares Election Inconclusive

It was a tough day in Kogi and Bayelsa States where INEC conducted elections on Saturday last week as the exercise recorded loss of lives, attack on polling units by suspected thugs, and ballot box snatching among other unfortunate incidents.

While residents of both states headed to various polling units in their respective local governments to cast their votes, the people of Kogi West senatorial district had an extra duty to perform.

The electorate in the senatorial zone also voted in the rerun election to choose who would represent them in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly between Senator Dino Melaye of the PDP and APC’s Senator Smart Adeyemi.

Although the poll favoured Senator Adeyemi who scored 80,118 votes as against the 59,548 votes garnered by Senator Melaye, the election was declared inconclusive.

The returning officer for the election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, explained that the margin of 20,570 votes between both candidates was lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled.

He informed party agents and others present at the collation centre that he was constrained by the law to declare a winner in such a situation.

See the table below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

12,682

10,504

221

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

19,457

11,059

772

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL

406,222

189,704

9,482

I Will Use Every Legal Means To Reclaim My Mandate – Wada, Kogi PDP Candidate

Musa Wada, Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, have rejected the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Wada who addressed journalists shortly after the results were announced on Monday described the election as a declaration of war against citizens of Kogi  State.

He also insisted on using every legal means to reclaim his mandate.

READ ALSO: Yahaya Bello Re-Elected Kogi State Governor

PDP agent in the election, Mr Joe Agada also maintained that the result announced by INEC is not a true reflection of the wishes of the voters.

He stressed that the election was marred by violence, intimidation, and ballot box snatching.

The reactions come hours after the returning officer for the election, Professor Ibrahim Umar, made the declaration at the INEC office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

According to the results announced, the APC candidate, Yahaya Bello polled a total of 406,222 while Mr Musa Wada of the PDP scored 189,704 votes.

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

Professor Umar declared the winner following the collation of results from all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, an exercise that lasted over 24 hours.

PHOTOS: Collation Of Kogi Governorship Election Results Enters Day Two

Collation of the Kogi governorship election results on Monday, November 18, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The collation of the Kogi governorship election results continued on Monday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Headquarters in Lokoja, the state capital. 

This comes barely one day after the commission postponed the exercise till Monday, following the collation of results from 19 out of the 21 local government areas of the state.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, had informed party agents and others at the collation centre on Sunday that the exercise would continue on Monday.

See photos from the below…

 

 

INEC Resumes Collation Of Kogi Election Results

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

This comes barely one day after the commission postponed the exercise till Monday, following the collation of results from 19 out of the 21 local government areas of the state.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, had informed party agents and others at the collation centre on Sunday that the exercise would continue by 9am.

READ ALSO: INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday

He explained that the announcement was necessary as the results of the election in the remaining two local governments have yet to be brought to the collation centre.

Catch the live updates from the collation centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital below:


 

See the table of results of the KOGI GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION announced so far below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

12,682

10,504

221

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

19,457

11,059

772

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL

406,222

189,704

9,482


11:56 AM: INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, declares Governor Yahaya Bello as the winner of the election. READ MORE…


10:35 AM

Lokoja LGA

APC – 19,457
PDP – 11,059
SDP – 772


9:55 AM

Ibaji LGA

APC – 12,682
PDP – 10,504
SDP – 221


November 18, 2019.


7:27 PM: INEC’s Returning Officer, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announces that collation of results will continue on Monday.

READ MORE: INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday


06:53 PM

Dekina LGA

APC – 8,948

PDP – 16,575

SDP – 321


04:15 PM

Bassa LGA

APC – 8,386

PDP – 9,724

SDP – 269


04:02 PM

Ofu LGA

APC – 11,006

PDP – 12,264

SDP – 531


03:39 PM:

Ankpa LGA

APC – 11,269

PDP – 28,108

SDP – 399


15:38 pm

Collation of results resumes.


14: 30pm

The Collation Center goes on an hour break. Meanwhile, collation of results is yet to commence for Bayelsa State.

14:24 pm

Yagba West

APC – 7,868

PDP – 8,860

SDP – 211

The Returning Officer reported that there was one case of ballot snatching.


14:05 pm

Olamaboro LGA

APC – 16,876

PDP – 8,155

SDP – 262


13:51 pm

Idah LGA

APC – 4,602

PDP – 13,962

SDP – 221

The Returning Officer stated that there were irregularities such as over-voting and card reader malfunction in some units.


 

13:39 pm:

Ajaokuta LGA

APC – 17952

PDP – 5,565

SDP – 323

 


13:33 pm

Mopa-muro LGA

APC – 4,953

PDP – 3,581

SDP – 95


13:17 pm

Okehi LGA

APC – 36,954

PDP – 478

SDP – 3,095


12:49 pm

Kabba/Bunu

Collation Officer returns to reannounce with results. He says there were some issues in about seven wards.

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364


12:40 pm

Yagba East LGA

APC – 6,735

PDP – 7,546

SDP – 220


12:32 pm:

Koton Karfe LGA

APC – 14,097

PDP – 9,404

SDP – 657


12:07 pm:

Kabba/Bunu

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364

The collation officer was, however, stopped from announcing further results and asked to go and reconcile figures for his summary.


11:48 am

Okene LGA

APC – 112,762

PDP – 139

SDP – 50


11:34 am: 

Igala Mela/Odolu

APC – 8,075

PDP – 11,195

SDP – 208


11:16 am

Adavi LGA

APC – 64,657

PDP – 366

SDP – 279

PDP agent rejected the results on the basis that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is ‘false’.


11:06 am

Omala LGA

APC – 8,473

PDP – 14,403

SDP – 567

According to the Returning Officer, results were cancelled in five Registration Areas due to violence and disruption of the electoral process and threats to life.


10:57: am

Ijumu LGA

APC – 11,425

PDP – 7, 587

SDP – 223

The Returning Officer reported cases of violence and card reader malfunction.


10:45 am

Ogori-Magongo LGA

APC – 3,679

PDP – 2,145

SDP – 244

According to the Returning Officer, elections were peaceful in this LG.


 

9:30 am: Results for Kogi gov election start arriving at Collation Centre

KOGI STATE


 

PHOTOS: Business Activities Resume In Kogi After Elections

Market women in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on Monday, November 18, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Business activities resumed on Monday morning on the streets of Lokoja, Kogi State capital after the gubernatorial election and Kogi West Senatorial rerun.

Vehicular movements are in top gear and market men and women have returned to the street.

Meanwhile, the European Union on Sunday condemned the reports of widespread incidents of violence and voter intimidation in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

A statement by the Diplomatic Watch also expressed alarm at the reports of fatalities and missing people, urging stakeholders to call for calm. The group had earlier deployed teams to monitor both state elections on November 16.

See photos below…

EU Condemns Violence, Intimidation In Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

Photo: EUinNigeria Twitter Handle

 

The European Union has condemned the reports of widespread incidents of violence and voter intimidation in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

A statement by the Diplomatic Watch also expressed alarm at the reports of fatalities and missing people, urging stakeholders to call for calm.

The Diplomatic Watch deployed teams from Austria, the European Union Delegation, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States to monitor both state elections on November 16.

“We express our alarm at reports of widespread incidents of violence and intimidation, some of which were witnessed by our teams in Kogi. There are reports of fatalities and people missing, including INEC staff. Our thoughts are with all victims and their families.

“We encourage all stakeholders, in particular, political leaders, to call for calm and we encourage security agencies to investigate thoroughly and bring perpetrators to justice.

“We are also concerned by evident vote-buying and credible reports of ballot box snatching in both Bayelsa and Kogi.”

READ ALSO: INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday

The EU commended the commitment of voters in both states who came out to vote and asked that those enshrined with the mandate to see through a smooth democratic process should continue to act in all capacity.

“We commend the commitment and resilience of voters in both states who came out to exercise their democratic rights. We express our sympathy for those affected by the violence, including ordinary voters; INEC officials; members of the NYSC; civil society; and the media. All should be able to carry out their fundamental role in the democratic process free from intimidation and harassment.”

INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announced this on Sunday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Professor Umar told party agents and other political stakeholders present at the INEC office where the collation of results took place that the exercise would continue by 9am on Monday.

He explained that the announcement was necessary as the results of the election in the remaining two local governments have yet to be brought to the collation centre.

READ ALSO: Bayelsa Election: APC’s Lyon Leads By Over 86,000 Votes From Six LGAs

The announcement followed the collation of results of the election in 19 out of the 21 local government areas (LGAs) in Kogi.

Those collated so far are Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu, Ijumu, and Kabba/Bunu LGAs.

Others are Koton Karfe, Mopa-Muro, Ofu, Ogori/Magongo, Okehi, Okene, Olamaboro, Omala, Yagba East, and Yagba West LGAs.

The local governments where results are expected are Ibaji and Lokoja LGAs.

The incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, as well as the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Musa Wada and Natasha Akpoti, are among the leading contenders in the election.

Of the results collated so far, it is a close battle between Bello who won 10 LGAs and Wada who claimed nine LGAs while Natasha has yet to win any local government.

However, the governor has so far polled 374,081 votes and taken the lead with over 200,000 votes as his PDP and SDP rivals scored 168,141 and 8,539 votes respectively.

See the table below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL

SDP’s Natasha Akpoti Calls For Cancellation Of Election In Kogi Central, Lokoja

 

The Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has called for the cancellation of the elections in Kogi Central and parts of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti wants the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel the elections in the areas and hold a rerun on the grounds that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election”.

“Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state,” she said in the statement on Sunday.

“Our agents were chased away from the various polling units of the Kogi Central Senatorial District.”

For Akpoti, these incidents were enough to make INEC take drastic action.

“I am therefore calling on you and in line with your powers as enshrined in the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended to cancel the election in Kogi Central Senatorial District and some part of Lokoja and order for a rerun,” she said.

Saturday’s election had been marked by reports of violence, thuggery, harassment and intimidation with INEC condemning those incidents.

The electoral umpire had, however, said in a statement on Saturday that most of those who wanted to vote got to do so.

For Akpoti and her party’s agents and supporters, it was a different story, according to her statement.

“In some polling units, our agents were tied with ropes by APC-led thugs,” she said.

She also alleged that gun-wielding thugs supporting the APC did not allow SDP agents in Okene to come near the polling units. These thugs, she added, told voters not to come and vote unless they were to vote only APC.