The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started the official announcement of results of the just-concluded governorship election in Kogi state.
Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently leading after declaration of results in 15 local governments in the election
So far the APC has majority votes in Ogorimagongo, Ijumu, Adavi, Okene, Kabba Bunu, Koton Karfe, Okehi, Mopamoro, Ajaokuta and Olamaboro local government areas.
On the other hand PDP has won majority votes in Omala, Igalamela/Odolu, Yagba East, Yagba West and Idah local government areas. These represent 15 local governments out of 21 have been collated. Collation would resume by 3.30 pm.
Earlier, The Herald reported that the collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State, submitted fifty thousand naira bribe allegedly given to a presiding officer during Saturday’s election.
The Herald gathered that the collation officer on Sunday, November 17, made this submission after reeling out figures of the poll conducted within the district.
While presenting the sum at the INEC headquarters in the state, the collation officer did not state which political party had attempted the bribe.
The election in Kogi state witnessed a great deal of violence and enormous vote-buying. Observers note that the issue of vote-buying was rampant even though INEC enlisted anti-graft agencies to checkmate the menace.