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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday rejected the result of the Kogi State governorship election released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Wada, according to INEC, polled 300,372 votes to defeat Prince Abubakar Audu of the ACN, who scored 159,913 votes.
The PDP won 62 per cent of votes, leaving the ACN with 33 per cent.
Wada won in 18 of the 21 local government areas. Audu won in three. There were 17 other contestants, who made little impact.
INEC said the total votes cast was 518,949; 1,325,272 names are on the voters register.
Amb. Fred Odia of the Accord polled 1,102 votes; Ahmadu Ibrahim of African Liberation Party (ALP) scored 589 votes; Mr Ubolo Okpanachi of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) scored 9, 642 votes and Prof Yusufu Obajeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) got 331 votes.
Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) candidate Mr James Ocholi (SAN) scored 5,724 votes; Citizens Popular Party (CPP) flagbearer Mrs Bola Awe scored 379 votes; Justice Party (JP) candidate Chief Aisha Abubakar polled 619 votes, while Labour Party (LP) candidate Ibrahim Tanko scored 216.
Others are Mohammed Ali of the New Democrats (ND) (112); Mohammed Dangana of the National Democratic Party (NDP) (226); Gowon Egbunu of the National Transformation Party (NTP) (202); and Aboh Samuel of the Progressive Action Congress (PAC) (2,047).
The rest are Elegbe Amos of the People for Democratic Change (PDC) (661); Deacon Joseph Adigbo of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) (1,130); Gideon Ojata of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) (253); Lawal Lamidi of the Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP) (452) and Abubakar Bala of the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP) (198).
The Returning Officer (RO), who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Nassarawa State University, Keffi, Prof Shamsudeen Amali, said Wada satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes cast.
Due to the kidnap of an INEC ad-hoc official and snatching of ballot boxes, results from seven polling units in Olamaboro Local Government Area were cancelled.
Election did not hold in Unit 09 of Onalo in Ibaji Local Government Area. The Collation Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ejeikwu, said the vehicle conveying INEC officials there broke down on the way.
When they eventually got there by 2.30pm, the people insisted on inspecting the ballot papers before voting, but the Presiding Officer allegedly refused.
Following the disagreement, voters refused to cast their ballots, Ejeikwu said.
As the result from Omala Local Government Area was to be read, the RO interrupted the collation officer, saying the total number of registered voters he announced (47,844) was different from what Amali said he had (51,959).
ACN’s agent, Mohammed Lawal, openly rejected the result from Ajaokuta Local Government Area where PDP scored 10,644 and ACN scored 3,129.
“It is a lie. There were alterations. It shows the incompetence of the Collation Officer there,” he said.
The announcement, which took place at INEC’s headquarters in Lokoja, began at 9.10 am.
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Benue, Nassarawa and Plateau, Dr Abdulkadir Oniyangi, lauded the political parties for their role in the “successful election”.
“Nigeria is gradually coming of age. The spirit shown in this election should be carried on. It will get to a stage where our elections will be termed excellent,” he said.
But the ACN yesterday rejected the result, which it described as “criminal and malicious”. The party vows not to rest, until it reclaims its “stolen mandate”.
The Chief Strategist of the Prince Abubakar Audu Campaign Organisation, Mr Dino Melaye, said the result did not reflect the true wishes of the electorate.
He said the PDP has graduated from using thugs to snatch ballot boxes to “scientific rigging”.
“We want to state in very strong terms that INEC and the PDP before the election had already perfected ways to upturn the figures.
“They already had a separate result sheets, aside the normal result sheets at the polling units and collation centres,” Melaye said.
Melaye, a former PDP member of the House of Representatives, alleged that PDP allowed people to vote without attacking them, but when it got to the collation stage, they swapped the result sheets with the fake ones they had completed.
Melaye said the result vindicated ACN’s alarm that the PDP was conniving with the INEC to manipulate the result. He said his party will pursue justice, until it reclaims its stolen mandate.
Reminded that ACN agents signed the result sheets, Melaye said: “Anyone who signed on behalf of the ACN is a PDP agent.
“Our agents were withdrawn from the polling units when we noticed the impending charade by the PDP and INEC.”
But the PDP denied the allegation. The chairman, Media Sub-Committee, Idris Wada Campaign Organisation, Mr Faruk Adejoh-Audu, said: “Did we also swap results in the places Audu won? We are very magnanimous in victory. I will concede to the defeated the right to cry.
“We thought that Audu by now should be so used to defeat and be moderate in his anguish. For a senior citizen to make claims he knows are false is embarrassing,” he added.
INEC’s spokesman in Kogi State, Mr Ahmed Bagudu, urged the ACN to go to court if it feels the wrong result was announced.
“The court, will be the final arbiter,” Bagudu said.
Wada urged his opponents to join hands and work with him to transform the state.
Speaking to reporters after he was declared the winner, Wada said his administration would carry everyone along, irrespective of political affiliation.
According to him, the state comes before an individual.
He vowed to harness the abundant human and natural resources in the state for the good of all, saying technocrats will be engaged in the transformation.