From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has lauded the people of the state for returning him to Lugard House, in the just concluded Saturday Governorship election by voting massively for him.
The governor described his re-election as victory for true democracy and vowed to reciprocate the gesture by improving on his previous performance to provide the people with the needed democracy dividends.
The governor in a statement by his Director General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo on the sideline of INEC declaration of the APC candidate as winner of the poll, said the governor is now spurred 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 earned their confidence.
“We urged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to act to exemplifies 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 the Independent National Electoral Commission, 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.”
Declaring Bello- re-elected in Lokoja on Monday, the returning officer for the governorship election who is the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garuba, said Bello polled 406,222 votes to floor his rival candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.
Bello won in 12 out of the 21 local government areas of the state to emerge while his major opposition candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), captured 9 council areas to come second.
Meanwhile, the Governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Engr. Musa Wada and his running mate, Sam Aro have rejected the result of the election and vowed to head for tribunal to challenge the out come.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, Musa Wada said the results of the election were written in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He posited that the deputy governor of the state, Chief Edward Onoja with security agencies were moving freely and visiting collation centers where he change results to favour his party.
He also lamented that APC rigged the election with the result of Kogi Central adding that he and his party PDP will challenge the result in court.
“The result is not true reflection of what happened. The people of the state voted for PDP but APC changed the result to favour them. “Results declared so far by INEC is a written result and we can’t accept that. Every single result was change and we are going to challenge the election. The election is not true reflection of what happened in the field. “I am the candidate of the party and I don’t have to wait till they kill me I have to cry out to the people of Nigeria to know that APC rigged the election.