Voters in Kogi State were thrown into confusion as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared The All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate, Usman Ododo, as winner of the just concluded November 11 governorship election in Kogi State.
INEC declared him winner despite announcing that fresh polls will be conducted in some polling units in the Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the state on November 18, 2023.
According to INEC, Ododo won with 446,237 votes, defeating his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who garnered 259,052, while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) pulled 46,362 votes.
The Returning Officer for the Kogi State governorship election, Prof Johnson Urama disclosed this on Sunday evening.
“Ahmed Ododo of APC, having certified by the law, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” said Urama.
Meanwhile one of the leading candidates, Ajaka of the SDP and his teeming supporters have refused to accept the result. Before the announcement was made, Ajaka had a press conference alleging that some INEC staff have been compromised.