PHOTOS: President Buhari Congratulates Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello On His Re-Election

 

President Buhari has congratulated the Kogi Governor-elect, Yahaya Bello.

The governor-elect was formally presented to the President today at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The presentation was done by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.

Bello had earlier received a Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja on Thursday, following his victory at the polls on Saturday, November 16th.

Below are some photos from the formal presentation of the governor-elect.

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INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Yahaya Bello

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the Certificate of Return to Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

Governor Bello received the certificate on Thursday, three days after he was declared as the winner of the just concluded governorship election in the state.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Nasarawa, Kogi, and Kwara States, Mohammed Haruna, presented the certificate to the governor at a ceremony attended by the Commissioner of Police in Kogi which held at the INEC office in Lokoja, the state capital.

READ ALSO: Yahaya Bello Re-Elected Kogi State Governor

The governor was also accompanied by his deputy, Edward Onoja, and top government officials and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

 

Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) were the top contender in the November 16 poll.

The election was keenly contested and not without incidents of violence such as attacks on some polling units while at least three people lost their lives.

Two days after the poll was conducted, the governor was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the exercise.

The APC candidate polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his PDP rival who scored 189,704 votes and the SDP candidate who garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

Governor Bello won 12 out of the 21 local government areas of the state while Wada claimed nine LGAs.

On her part, Natasha did not win any local government.

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

 

The re-elected Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on Tuesday reacted to his victory at the just-concluded election which he described as free and fair.

Bello who spoke during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily accepted that there was violence during the election but added that this is not enough to the election.

“The conduct of the election was quite very credible, a level-playing field was provided and it was free and fair. In every election, there is bound to be one issue or the other and you can’t take a pocket of issues to judge the general conduct of the election.

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“Regarding the comment of the civil society organisation, they are entitled to their own opinion but let us know the parameters with which they are judging this election.

“How many polling units did they visit out of 2,548 polling units, 239 wards and 21 local governments across the difficult terrains of this state? How many people have they reached out to?

“Have they interviewed all the electorates? So what are their yardsticks.?” The governor queried.

Bello’s reaction comes after criticisms by many civil society groups including the European Union (EU) which condemned the reports of widespread incidents of violence and voter intimidation.

The Diplomatic Watch on Sunday expressed alarm at the reports of fatalities and missing people during the Kogi election and urged stakeholders to call for calm.

“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,” their statement read in part.

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

Also, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA Africa), on Sunday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a new election in Kogi State following reported cases of violence, vote-buying, and manipulation of voters.

YIAGA explained that the elections in the state did not reflect the preferences of voters because they were not given genuine opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

The Centre for Democracy and Development, (CDD), on Monday said 10 deaths and 129 cases of violence and electoral crimes were recorded in the just concluded polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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…

 

 

Kogi Elections: Governor Yahaya Bello, Wife Vote

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his wife, Amina, have cast their vote in Agassa ward 001, Okene.

Mr Bello is the Governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election and is seeking re-election into the office he occupied since 2015.

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Speaking shortly after he cast his ballot at 8:44 am, Mr Bello stated his satisfaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the conduct of the election in the state.

See photos below:

Come November 16, We’ll Be Celebrating Our Re-election In Kogi State – Yahaya Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has said that he is confident of being re-elected as the governor of the state.

Governor Bello while canvassing for support from residents of stated towards the upcoming governorship election slated to hold on November 16, 2019.

He said, on the 17th of November when the president will be returning from his private visit from London, we want him to come and witness new dawn that his son has been re-elected in Kogi State.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: El-Rufai Kneels, Begs Kogi People To Forgive Governor Bello

“We came and met Kogi State heavily divided a lot of ethnic issues but today it is a thing of the past.

“We were able to unite Kogi State, no more ethnic agenda, what we have is the Kogi agenda.

“Anybody that is planning any ethnic agenda or those that brought us to where we are and we are trying to get out of it.

“Ethnicity and ethnic agenda are what brought Nigeria to its knees and Mr. President is pulling that out of the woods”.

Also present at the rally was the wife of the President Aisha Buhari, wife of Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, Governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

VIDEO: El-Rufai Kneels, Begs Kogi People To Forgive Governor Bello

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State went all out on Thursday, going down on his knees to canvass support for Governor Yahaya Bello’s re-election bid.

El-Rufai who is also the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Campaign in Kogi State made the gesture at a mega rally held for the governor in the state capital Lokoja.

“Many people say Yahaya Bello is young and that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I am asking all of you to forgive him. He is young, he is supposed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes, but you are supposed to learn from him. On his behalf, I am kneeling down to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you,” the governor said.

Beyond seeking forgiveness for whatever mistakes the governor had made, Governor El-Rufai praised him for his performance and took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party, urging the people to “bury PDP once and for all”.

He claimed that although the PDP had ruled the state for a long time, they “have done nothing” in the state.

“In the past four years, the progress recorded by the APC government under Governor Yahaya Bello is more than what the PDP has tried to do in 13 years,” he said.

Governor El-Rufai on his kneels at the APC mega rally in Kogi. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

Whatever might have happened in the first tenure of Governor Bello, El-Rufai appealed to the people to know that he cares about the people of Kogi State.

Singing Bello’s praises, El-Rufai said, “He cares about this state, he has brought progress to this state, he has brought young people into government, he has brought women into government. He has brought physical progress; he has cleared salary arrears that he inherited from previous governments.
“You must all come out and support him. I beg you all.”

Among those who canvassed support for the Kogi governor at the rally ahead of Saturday’s election were the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; and the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

Kogi Election: El-Rufai Debunks Stepping Down As Chairman Of APC’s Campaign Council

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has described as ‘fabricated’ the reports that he has stepped down as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council of Kogi state, saying that he will continue to campaign to persuade re-election of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state for a second term.

Kogi State will head to the polls on Saturday, November 16, 2019, to vote for a governor who will govern them for the next four years.

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In a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El Rufai reminded the purveyors of the rumour, that it is well-known that he gives his best to all his assignments, and the Kogi election will not be different.

‘’The people of Kogi State will make their free choice at the ballot. Therefore, every political actor has a duty to ensure that the voters act on the basis of accurate information, not lies and fake news.

“I will be on the ground in Kogi this week as the APC works for another democratic mandate.”

The statement added that “APC will continue to campaign to persuade the people of Kogi State to renew the mandate they gave our party four years ago. That is the focus of the Malam Nasir El-Rufai and the members of the APC Campaign Council.”

Kogi Guber: Steer Clear Of Kogi State, PDP Tells El-Rufai

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi state National Campaign Council, to steer clear of the state.

In a statement by its spokeman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP asked Governor El-Rufai to counsel Governor Yahaya Bello to accept defeat, claiming that the opposition will take the day come November the 16th.

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The PDP in its statement claimed that  knows that Governor Bello cannot point to any development project or initiative in his administration, adding that under the governor’s watch, Kogi has been reduced to the poorest state in the country.

“If the APC means well for Kogi state, the party should not be wasting its time to campaign but rather counsel Yahaya Bello to use the remaining days of his abysmal tenure to show remorse, pay up the 36 month arrears he owes workers and pensioners, restitute for those who died because of his suppressive rule and get ready with his handover notes.

“The APC Campaign Council should come to terms with the fact that the people of Kogi state had made up their minds to repay Yahaya Bello in his own coin by kicking him out of office,” the PDP stated.