The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, Usman Ododo has been declared the winner of the November 11 guber polls in the state.
Ododo was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which said he won with a total of 446,237 votes, to defeat his main rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), with a margin of about 200,000 votes.
Ajaka, according to INEC, polled 259,052, while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 46,362 votes.
The State Returning Officer, Prof Johnson Urama, who is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, announced Ododo as the winner at about 10:20pm on Sunday.
“Ahmed Usman Ododo of APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” Urama said.
Meanwhile, Ajaka in his reaction to the result of the polls, alleged irregularities in the election.
He, however, said he will not challenge the outcome of the poll in court, saying it will be a waste of time.
Ajaka had claimed that the election was rigged with the support of INEC.
“In the whole of the five local governments in central, the whole of the five local governments in central, there was no election anywhere. They wrote results. Result sheets were given to Yahaya Bello,” he said.