LIVE: Collation Of Results For Kogi Governorship Election

 

A day after the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, voters are awaiting the outcomes to know who will govern the states for the next four years.

In both states, results have started trickling in at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collation centres.

Catch up on the details of the keenly contested elections here.

Stay with us for live updates on the results.


 

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

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


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


 

Kogi Election: PDP Agent Rejects Results From Adavi, Okene

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected election results from two local government areas in Kogi State.

At the INEC collation office in Lokoja, the PDP’s agent, Mr. Joe Agada stated that the figures reeled out by the Collection Officers were outrageous.

Mr. Agada reacted majorly to results from Adavi and Okene Local Government Areas, where the ruling All Progressive Congress won with a very humongous margin.

According to results as reeled out by the Collection Officers of the two local government areas in question, the All Progressives Congress polled – 64,657 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party polled – 366 votes in Adavi and in Okene, the APC polled 112,762 votes while the PDP polled only 139 votes.

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Reacting to the results from Adavi, Mr. Agada argued that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is false.

In the case of Okene LGA, the PDP agent said that it is surprising that all of a sudden, the voters’ statistics for the council has changed in the gubernatorial election, away from what it was in the Presidential election conducted earlier in the year.

He strongly condemned the results and urged the electoral body to disregard the figures as presented, stating that the anomalies are outrageous.

In reply to Mr. Agada’s take on the results, Professor Ibrahim Umar, the Returning Officer of the Kogi Governorship election, asked the PDP agent to put his observations and complaints to paper, and file it at the appropriate quarters.

Prof. Umar, the Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, noted that at the appropriate time, the electoral body will look into the complaints of all parties involved and act accordingly.

 

The Situation In Kogi More Challenging Than Bayelsa – Police PRO

 

The police have lamented that the violence in Kogi State during the governorship elections was worse than that of Bayelsa State.

Elections had been disrupted in Ward 2, Lokoja, after gunshots were fired into the air by suspected thugs.

They also made away with ballot boxes, even as electorates scampered for safety.

Speaking about the situation during an appearance on Channels TV’s special election programme, the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, noted that although some of the incidences had been identified in the threat analysis and preventive measures were taken, a lot of things are still beyond the control of the security agencies.

He, however, explained that if the public knew the level of threat that was detected as well as the amount of work that went into identifying, isolating and neutralising a lot of the threat they would appreciate the efforts of the security agencies.

According to him, the fact that there were incidences of some isolated cases of violence should “not distract from the heavy investments and amount of work (they) have done”.

“The situation in Kogi has actually been very challenging, more challenging than the situation in Bayelsa,” he said.

“The truth, however, is that we saw a great deal of this in the threat analysis we conducted earlier and we actually took a lot of measures and strategic steps to isolate and neutralise some of these problems”.

Speaking further, he blamed some of the electoral malpractices and violence on politicians who play very desperate games.


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According to Mba, despite being armed, the security agencies have to exercise maximum restraint in order not to harm innocent citizens.

“When you are policing an environment where politicians play very desperate games, where politicians believe in winning at all cost, where they do not believe in the rule of law or political process, you will constantly be swimming against the tide and of course you understand that as police officers, we can never behave like thugs.

“As much as we are armed, we believe first and foremost that our weapons are given to us by the state to preserve our citizens and so even when we are responding to incidents at the polling stations, we are conscious of the fact that we need to exercise maximum restraint.

“We need to exercise a lot of due care and diligence to ensure that in trying to stop the thugs, stop the law breakers, we do not bring the innocent into harm’s way”.

Bayelsa, Kogi Governorship Elections In Photos

 

Residents of Bayelsa and Kogi States on Saturday (November 16), came out in their numbers to vote who will govern them for the next four years.

In Bayelsa, 45 candidates were in the governorship race, with Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the top contenders.

The race is expected to produce a successor to Governor Seriake Dickson who is in the final months of his second term.

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In Kogi State, 24 candidates were in the race with Governor Yahaya Bello of the APC seeking re-election, and Musa Wada of the PDP as top contenders.

See photos below.

Kogi Elections: Late Arrival Of Security Operatives Delay Voting In Lokoja – Itodo

Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

Voting in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital is yet to commence due to late arrival of security officials at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Registration Area Centre (RAC) in Ajayi Crowther Memorial Senior Secondary School.

According to the Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo who has been at the RAC since Friday to observe the proceedings, only two security officials were deployed the previous night, despite several requests made by officials from the Local Government office in Lokoja.

He added that security officials eventually arrived at the centre at 7:42 am which questions the transparency of the management of election security deployment.

“When the officials deployed from the local Government office requested for security, only two security officials were deployed as of last night and it delayed the distribution of sensitive materials.

“Several calls were made to security agencies and they promised they were going to deploy, but we were shocked and surprised that up till about 7:40 am this morning, the security officials were not here.”

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Mr Itodo asked INEC to prepare for an extension of voting time due to the late deployment of security officials and the fact that two elections will be taking place at Kogi West; the governorship and senatorial elections.

“The INEC officials were ready to deploy but they couldn’t; so for this particular ward that has got 27 polling unit, 100 voting points with a total number of 49,000 registered voters is commencing the elections very late.

“This cast a lot of doubt on the transparency of the management of election security deployment, particularly for this ward which is big and critical.

“They need to prepare because there may need to extend voting for this polling unit that is commencing late due to late deployment of security officials,” he added.

He also revealed that other RAC’s had similar delays in the deployment of security officials based on preliminary data gathered from the PVT centre.

“Other RACs we discovered that there was delay in the deployment of security officials. As at 7 am, the reports we got from over 222 polling units, 53% of PU had reported the presence of INEC officials based on preliminary data we received from the PVT Data Centre.

“I hope that INEC is watching this situation and ensuring that when it comes to logistics deployment for this election are guaranteed.”

Mr Itodo gave details of some incidents reported at Omala Local Government Area, where thugs are interfering with the process and intimidating the polling officials.

Over 200 Flights Cancelled As Crippling Strike Hits South African Airways

A SAA (South African Airways) aeroplane is seen at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 15, 2019. The South African airline company has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for November 15, 2019 and November 16, 2019 following the announcement by the South African Cabin Crew Association and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) that their members will go on strike.PHOTO: EKURHULENI, SOUTH AFRICA

 

South African Airways workers on Friday embarked on an indefinite strike for higher wages and against the national carrier’s retrenchment plan, forcing the cash-trapped airline to ground hundreds of flights.

The strike has forced South Africa’s largest carrier to cancel more than 200 domestic, regional and international flights between Friday and Saturday.

The company has asked travellers who had flights booked between Friday and Saturday not to turn up at airports and offered them a chance to rebook for free or to fly on other flights operated by partner airlines.

More than 3,000 workers, including cabin crew, check-in, ticket sales, technical and ground staff, are taking part in the open-ended, according to unions.

Hundreds of placard-waving workers picketed near O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg – one of the continent’s busiest airport – singing and dancing.

“We will continue with the strike (until demands are met),” Sifiso Mabena, an aircraft mechanic at the airport told AFP.

Unions pressed on with the walkout after talks with management deadlocked.

Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, president of the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), however said a new round of mediated talks with the airline was expected on Saturday.

“We have always and will always be willing to negotiate and talk to management, we have told them this time and time again,” Nsibanyoni-Mugambi told AFP.

The airline, which employs more than 5,000 workers, is one of the biggest in Africa, with a fleet of more than 50 aircraft providing dozens of domestic, regional and European flights each day.

But the company is deep in debt, despite several government bailouts, and has not recorded a profit since 2011.

The unions are pressing for a three-year guarantee of job security and an eight percent across-the-board wage hike. The airline is offering a 5.9 percent increase.

The unions said “inflated contracts” outsourcing work were “crippling SAA’s finances (and) literally bleeding SAA dry every day.”

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in February that the government would reimburse the company’s 9.2-billion-rand ($620-million) debt over the next three years.

South Africa is struggling to get its state-owned companies back on track after nine years of corruption and mismanagement under former president Jacob Zuma.

PHOTOS: Security Operatives Deployed To Kogi For Governorship Election

Security Operatives in Lokoja, Kogi State capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Preparations are in top gear in Kogi State for the gubernatorial election as security operatives arrived in Lokoja, the state capital on Friday. 

The operatives are screening people coming into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters to collect sensitive materials while others are parading major streets.

INEC Ad-Hoc staff are also getting ready as they check their deployment list.

See photos below…

Senate Approves Payment Of N10bn Loan To Kogi State

The Senate has approved the payment of a N10 billion loan to Kogi State.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Clifford Ordia, while presenting his report on the floor of the House on Wednesday said  the Kogi State government carried out repairs on seven Federal Government roads in the state.

“The approved sum is in Capital Expenditure which has to do with refund to the State Government for monies spent in the execution of Federal Government Projects in the state,” he said.

Ordia, while reading the report of his committee said necessary findings conducted showed that due process was followed by the Kogi State government in executing the Federal Government projects.

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This approval is coming two days to the governorship election in the state.

It, therefore, met resistance by Senators from opposition party. The Senators questioned the timing of the approval of the loan.

Minority Leader Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the opposition lawmakers asked the Senate to delay the approval until next week noting that the approval appears hasty.

“This is not the right time to approve such loan refund. Exigency of the time suggest that we should delay for one week so that the money would not be used for something else,” Abaribe said.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan disagreed with Abaribe saying the loan request  came in the eight assembly and has been delayed enough. He added that the approval of the refund only coincides with election.

“Kogi State applied for this in the last Senate, all the other states were paid. Kogi was not approved at that time, we as a Senate has seen it as a necessity and it is a coincidence,” he said.

Lawan then subjected the matter to a voice vote and ruled in favour of those who supported its approval despite protests from opposition lawmakers.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in October this year, sent a letter to the Senate, seeking approval for the payment of N10 billion to settle local debts incurred by Kogi State government as a result of the projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

Impeachment Move: Claims I Plan To Defect A Lie From ‘Pit Of Hell’ – Achuba

Kogi Deputy Governor Alleges Threat To His Life

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba has described all claims suggesting that he is planning to decamp to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as ‘lies from the Pit of hell’. 

Mr Achuba said this while reacting to the impeachment move against him, by the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr Achuba said the impeachment move was not unexpected.

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He said the impeachment is a reaction to the revelations that he has made regarding the polity in Kogi State.

The Deputy Governor said his principal is using the legislators against him, instead of addressing the issues of corruption that he has raised.

He (Achuba) urged the people of Kogi state to be calm and go about their businesses peacefully, stressing that at the end of the day, the one who is on the right will be known.

Speaking further about claims that he is looking to decamp, Mr Achuba said “It is a lie from the pit of hell and that is what they want people to believe”.

The deputy governor further stated that impeachment is not about party membership, adding that there is no relationship between the impeachment process and the claims of his decamping.

He assured the people of Kogi State and the APC that he remains a member of the ruling party, adding that he will continue to serve the people as a member of the party.

PHOTOS: DPR Seals Over 15 Fuel Stations In Kogi

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kogi State on Tuesday sealed over 15 fuel stations.

The operation was carried out during surveillance tour to some of the petrol stations within and outside the state capital, Lokoja.

According to DPR, the stations came under the hammer for adjusting their pumps, thereby cheating their customers.

 

See photos below…

Governor Bello’s Deputy Blasts Him, Calls For Tight Security In Kogi

The deputy governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, on Monday blasted his principal, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, accusing him of encouraging violence in the state.

Achuba in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily claimed that he is being victimised by the governor for ‘doing the right thing,’ he also called for tight security in the state due to the spread of violence in the state.

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“As a deputy governor, I have tried my best internally to ensure that the right things are done. For that sake, I am hated and denied my right.

“This was why in my last press interview I cried out to the world and to the law enforcement agents to focus on Kogi State because of the level of violence being perpetrated by the sitting governor of Kogi State,” Achuba said.

The deputy governor also described his current relationship with the governor as ‘rough and not very smooth.’

He blasted the governor for not towing the path of good governance and not delivering good governance to the people of the state.

“The communication broke down at a point where it became very glaring that he was not towing the path of good governance.

“The state of affairs is no very smooth; it is rough because of the disposition of the governor of Kogi State.

“Everyone elected to the position of governor and the deputy governor is expected to deliver on promises. You are expected to look at the wellbeing of the people and effect changes. These changes are not forthcoming in Kogi State.”

Achuba also claimed that Kogi State governor does not embrace criticism. According to him, this is not the trait of a good leader.

“When you access the government of Yahaya Bello, from day one it has been fighting, fighting and fighting. Anyone that has a different opinion from him becomes an enemy. Anyone that says anything that he is not pleased with, he goes ahead to attack the person.

“In governance, you must give room for criticism whether good or bad. A good leader learns from criticism. Those who criticise you might not necessarily be your enemy.”

Achuba added that despite him seeking the intervention of state governors, traditional rulers among others, ‘yet there is no solution,’ to the lingering crisis between him and the governor.

I Will Not Be Part Of A Rubber Stamp National Assembly – Melaye

 

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has said he would not be a part of a rubber-stamp National Assembly.

Melaye said this when he made an appearance on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, while reacting to the ongoing ministerial screening.

“I want to assure you that I will not be part of a rubber stamp National Assembly or Senate,” he said.

According to him, the process has been more of an adoption than a screening and Nigerians are also unhappy.

He, however, noted that he would continue to speak the truth and ensure that the leadership does what is right.


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“I will tell you categorically that Nigerians are not happy especially with the way the proceedings of the screening have been conducted and I can tell you that it is more of an adoption than a screening.

“I can say that without fear or favour.

“But I want to say that we are talking to ourselves in the Senate and as the days go by, it will get better.

“I am not a presiding officer of the National Assembly, I cannot speak for either of them but as long as some of us remain there, our voices will be heard and we will always insist on doing the right thing”.

President Muhammadu Buhari last Tuesday sent the 43-man list of ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

The development came 55 days after he was inaugurated into office.

So far, 31 nominees have been screened – a process which some have criticised, saying many of the nominees are not being properly grilled.

Melaye, however, explained that the reason why that is happening is because the President did not submit the names of his ministers along with their portfolios.

“I do not have powers to nominate Ministers but the reason why we have this problem is because the President did not yield to the request of some of us from the National Assembly to submit the names of his ministers with their portfolios so we are actually shooting from the dark.

“It would be better if the president was submitting the names of the ministers with their portfolios so that we know their area of competence and we can ask them questions within the jurisdiction where they are going to serve.

“But if a man is going to be minister of Labour and Productivity and you are asking him questions that have to do with health or law reforms, then automatically, that exercise is a beautiful nonsense,” he said.