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Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Azzazz: 6:45am On Nov 19
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 149,576 votes were cancelled in Kogi State due to violence, ballot box snatching and other incidences that characterised last Saturday’s governorship election.

The commission declared Governor Yahaya Bello as the governor-elect for another four-year term.

Bello, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scored a total of 406,222 to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Musa Wada, who polled 189,704 votes.

Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third with 9482 votes.

The State Collation Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba declared Bello as the winner, adding that he met the requirement of the law to be so declared.

He put the margin of victory at 216,518. A total of 636,202 voters were accredited from the 1,646,356 registered voters with 610,744 valid votes cast, while 13,770 votes were rejected.

Bello got majority votes in 12 of the 21 local government areas.

The governor got majority votes in Ogori Magongo, Ijumu, Adavi, Okene, Kabba Bunu, Kogi/Kotonkarfe, Okehi, Mopa Moro, Ajaokuta, Olamoboro, Ibaji and Lokoja local government areas.

The PDP candidate won in Dekina, Bassa, Ofu, Ankpa, Yagba West, Yagba East, Idah, Igalamela Odou and Omala local government areas.

Bello also got the mandatory one third in 20 local governments.

The agent of the PDP at the Collation Centre, Captain Jerry Agada, refused to sign the result sheet, saying he did not agree with the figures.

According to him, the party would take the process further by testing the outcome at the tribunal.

He claimed that about three people died in Lokoja metropolis due to violence, stressing that a report of the casualty figure was not reflected in the result presented by the collation officer for the local government.

He added that the party agents submitted a report on four areas within Lokoja, the state capital, where election did not take place.

Agada said what is contained in the report by the local government collation officer is a report of three places.

He demanded to know from the Inspector-General of Police what happened to the policeman arrested for shooting a voter on the line, adding that elections were cancelled in about 147 polling centres.

He also claimed that the Collation Officer did not include in his report that a helicopter flown by an officer of the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the police shot and killed a voter waiting to cast his vote and was later brought down and the officer arrested.

He presented the State Collation Officer a report from his PDP agents in the local government to back his claim.

But the presentation was politely declined by the Collation Officer, Prof. Ibrahim Garba.

Prof. Garba told him that after completing his assignment of collating the results and announcing the winner of the election, he would have nothing to do with the electoral process as he was not an authority.

He asked him to compile his evidence and submit to the appropriate authorities at INEC, which has the powers to examine his presentation and act on it where necessary.

Bello described the outcome of the election as a victory for true democracy.

In a statement by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, the governor said the victory will spur him to do more.

He said: “This victory is for Kogi people that value true democracy. And, we can assure that Governor Bello will not abandon his campaign slogan, which expresses his desire to do more for Kogi people.

“We thank Kogites who voted for us. We also thank Kogi people who did not vote for us; they have challenged the governor to do more for them to earn their confidence.

“We urge the Peoples Democratic Party to act to exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the verdict of Kogi people. We also thank the party hierarchy for throwing their weight behind the governor.

“We thank INEC, security operatives and other public institutions for ensuring that the election was free, fair, credible and peaceful. Governor Bello will do more for Kogi, Kogites will be better for it.”

Also yesterday, Wada described the election as a coup against the Kogi people.

At a news conference in Abuja, he vowed to challenge Governor Bello’s victory.

The PDP candidate said the overwhelming majority of the people rejected the election’s outcome.

Wada said: “It is clear to all that there was no election on Saturday, November 16th 2019 but a declaration and execution of war against the people.

“What happened in Kogi was an organised war against democracy; coup against the people and seizure of power through brigandage and the barrel of the gun with members of the police and other security agencies coordinating the stealing of people’s votes.

“The police aided armed APC thugs to invade polling units with impunity, shoot and kill voters and carted away ballot boxes to government facilities where results were written in favour of APC and handed over to INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to announce against the will of the people.

“Police helicopters were used to attack polling units, fire tear gas on voters and provided cover to APC hoodlums and policemen who brutalised the people of Kogi state and stole their mandate.

“The APC turned our state into a theatre of war. No fewer than nine innocent Nigerians were killed. Many more were maimed and injured by the APC in their desperation to seize power at all cost.

“It is, therefore, distressing that INEC went ahead with a shameful collation and declaration of fabricated results despite the glaring disruptions that characterised the shambolic exercise.”

Wada accused INEC of cancelling votes cast for the PDP in the party’s strongholds, subtracted from PDP votes in many other areas and padded the votes of the APC to give a semblance of victory to APC.

He said the people of Kogi were horrified, brutalised and dehumanised during the exercise.

“We, therefore, stand with the people of Kogi to state without equivocation that this brigandage and stealing of our mandate cannot stand.

“We will never despair but remain strong in our determination to retrieve the mandate freely given to us by the people in their desire for a change. We will pursue this course to its logical conclusion within the confines of the law of this country,” he added.

https://thenationonlineng.net/inec-cancels-149576-votes-as-bello-wins-re-election-in-kogi/amp/

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Azzazz: 6:45am On Nov 19
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by helinues: 6:50am On Nov 19
undecided

Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Wantedmiller: 6:50am On Nov 19
Inec and cancellation na 5&6

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by bestman09(m): 6:57am On Nov 19
cool
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by PennywysCares(m): 6:57am On Nov 19
Another useless from APC and their INEC counterpart

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by JOHNSONSOLAFUNMI: 6:58am On Nov 19
Hsh
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Jestin: 6:58am On Nov 19
What is the population of Kogi that INEC is canceling 149,576 votes. I know that votes belong to Musa Wada and Dino

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by LollipopCandy(f): 6:58am On Nov 19
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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by jeremiahbdrc(m): 6:59am On Nov 19
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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by deri4luv1(m): 6:59am On Nov 19
Stupid people wey suffer no dey tire

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Tonysmith4sure: 6:59am On Nov 19
After every every, they go still go tribunal.

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by sauceEEP(m): 6:59am On Nov 19
Bello now is free from any distraction, he will surely make sure Dino is embarrassed...

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by geosuzzy(f): 7:00am On Nov 19
True definition of what buhari stands for

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by saintol(m): 7:00am On Nov 19
Kogi State... hmmm! make I no talk. No come here to dey tell us wetin he do for you in this second term ooo. I go just pretend say I no dey see your news.

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by webshopNG: 7:00am On Nov 19
Upon all the funds allocated for this election, this is how we mess it up?

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by healthserve(m): 7:00am On Nov 19
I thought when the total number of invalid votes competed with margin, elections should continue. APC, occult party. Una well done for always interpreting rules to suit selfish ambition
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Gbemini(m): 7:00am On Nov 19
Nigeria elcetion and rigging be like 5&6 ....well,congrats to the election rigged winner......anoda 30 months owed salary loading ....

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by maynation(f): 7:01am On Nov 19
Congratulations to all Kogites.

Enjoy your bundle of Nemesis.

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by saraki2019(m): 7:01am On Nov 19
Hmm
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Roon9(m): 7:02am On Nov 19
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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by LegoxMetahuman: 7:02am On Nov 19
Jestin:
What is the population of Kogi that INEC is canceling 149,576 votes. I know that votes belong to Musa Wada and Dino
add them to wada's vote, it wont change the outcome of election. thats why inec didnt declare election inconclusive unlike dino vs smart adeyemi.

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by nuhu2018(m): 7:05am On Nov 19
why not cancel the results finally
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Sweeetheart(m): 7:07am On Nov 19
you cancel the result and still declared the winners, is it that those at the ward and unit were ballot snatching occurred don't have the franchise in this election


if Inec is judging that reorganising voting there is a waste of time because of the margin, this is a case that the Election was manipulated for that iidiot and calamity to be Sworn in again


votes was cancelled in some areas but where he won, there was no ballot snatching and thuggery, Inec?

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by deeva1: 7:07am On Nov 19
Kogites have decided... Shikena
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by cheango: 7:08am On Nov 19
ONLY IN NIGERIA, THAT SOMEONE WILL ROB, AND STILL THANK GOD FOR A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Tookool(m): 7:12am On Nov 19
helinues:
undecided
Sango will always be Sango
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by ArcSEMPECJ(m): 7:12am On Nov 19
Somebody said kogites have decided...... Lols this country is a joke if we have this caliber of people as citizens

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Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Mrpojj(m): 7:13am On Nov 19
LegoxMetahuman:
add them to wada's vote, it wont change the outcome of election. thats why inec didnt declare election inconclusive unlike dino vs smart adeyemi.



If they add it to wadas vote , are you sure Bello will get the mandatory 1/3 of votes?
Re: Kogi Election: INEC Cancels 149,576 Votes by Mrshocker(m): 7:13am On Nov 19
LoL

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