Ahmed Usman Ododo, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Kogi State's Governorship Elections on November 11th, has been declared the election's winner.
With 446,237 votes, Ododo defeated his closest rival, Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Murtala Ajaka, who got 259,052 votes while Dino Melaye, a contender for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), came in third place with 46,362 votes.
Around 10.25 p.m. on Sunday, Prof. Johnson Urame, the Returning Officer for the election, officially announced the results.
Lagos Local News reports that due to electoral irregularities in some areas of the state, most notably Ogori Magongo local government area, where the exercise was suspended, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had previously considered declaring the election to be invalid.
Fresh elections may be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in the affected Polling Units of nine wards in Ogori Magongo LGA of the State. This comes after the November 11 governorship election was suspended in some locations in Kogi State where result sheets were pre-recorded before the voting exercise began, according to INEC.
Mohammed Kudu Haruna, an information and voter education committee member and national commissioner for INEC, revealed this in a statement on Sunday night.