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LIVE UPDATES: Tensed situation in Kogi, Bayelsa as INEC commences official declaration of results

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Apprehension now pervades Kogi and Bayelsa as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) begins the official announcement of results of the just-concluded governorship elections in the states.

Many reports from participants and observers show that the elections were marred with violence with INEC declaring that 30 of its ad-hoc staff had gone missing in Kogi state.

There were also cases of ballot snatching by sponsored thugs while a senatorial candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye, lost a nephew.

In Bayelsa, observers called for the cancellation of results from some parts of the state owing to cases of violence and other forms of electoral malpractices.

Legit.ng had carried out a step-by-step report of activities that took place in both states on Saturday, November 16.

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It also reported early announcement of results from polling units in the two states as the elections ended and collation began.

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Collation of results

In Bayelsa, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is currently collating the results for Nembe and Southern Ijaw local government areas at its state collation centre.

The decision to carry out the collation of the results from the two local governments, according to INEC, followed reports of violence in the areas.

INEC had declared that once violence is detected in any of the local governments, the results should be moved to the state collation centre.

Result for Ogori/Magongo local government area in Kogi state

The agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the local government complained about reports of ballot snatching in some parts of the area. He was, however, asked to wait for the electoral officer from the local government to speak.

In his own reaction, the agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the collation centre, denied any report of ballot snatching or stealing from any part of the local government.

Agents of other parties introduce themselves.


AAC - 1

AD - 2

ADC - 4

ADP - 1

ANRP - 4

APC - 3679

APGA - 1

NCP - 1

PDP - 2145

SDP - 244

Valid votes: 6088

Rejected votes: 146

Votes cast: 6234

INEC collation officer for the local government, Professor Abdullahi Mohammed, says no votes were cancelled and no record of violence.

Result for Ijumu local government area in Kogi state

The collation officer, Professor Edicha Jubril, introduces himself.

Number of registered voters: 59578

Accredited: 20139

AAC - 12

AD- 13

ADC - 46

ADP - 16

ANRP - 40

APC - 11425

APGA - 12

NCP - 8

PDP - 7587

SDP - 223

Valid votes: 19435

rejected: 446

Votes cast: 19881

He reported issues in some areas saying five polling units. In Aiyetoro with 2354 voters, for example, there was violence.

According to him, the violence spread to Aiyetoro 2 where one unit had 1109 votes.

Result for Omala local government area in Kogi state

The collation officer introduces himself as Professor Julius.

Total accredited: 24474

AAC - 22

ADC - 29

ADP - 26

APC - 8473

APGA - 12

NCP - 20

PDP - 14403

SDP - 567

Valid votes: 23705

Rejected: 723

Votes cast: 24428

The collation officer said results were cancelled in five polling units including some wards as a result of ballot snatching, destruction of election materials and threat to life. Total votes cast in the affected wards is 2767.

Result for Adavi local government area in Kogi state

The collation officer introduced is Anjorin TS.

Registered voters: 105906

Accredited voters: 66222

AAC - 15

AD - 21

ADC - 27

ADP - 18

APC - 64657

APGA - 49

NCP - 21

PDP - 366

PRP - 05

SDP - 279

Valid votes: 65595

Rejected votes 372

Votes cast - 65967

Results were cancelled in some polling units in a part of the local government because total vote cast was more than the accredited votes.

The PDP agent in the local government complains that the PDP agents were not allowed into voting units. He declares that the PDP rejects the votes from Adavi. He is, however, asked to write to the agency and formally complain.

Though the agent of the APC claims the election in the local government was peaceful, agents of other parties that participated in the exercise discredited its outcome.

Result for Igalalamela-Odolu local government area in Kogi state

Evans Ashibuike introduces himself as the local government collation officer for the election.

Registered voters: 65129

Accredited: 21428

AD - 13

ADC - 24

ADP - 26

APC - 8075

APGA - 24

NCP - 22

PDP - 11195

SDP - 208

Valid votes: 19812

Rejected: 1047

Votes cast: 20859

He said there were cancellation of votes in five polling units as a result of ballot snatching and over-voting.

The collation officer reported that he was told that the polling officer of Odolu was induced with N50,000 to him for the purpose of influencing the result of the election. He tendered the N50,000 saying he was told the money came from an unknown person.

He said results from five polling units were cancelled as a result of over-voting, and not because of the bribe.

Result for Okene local government area in Kogi state

Olanrewaju Samuel Olayemi, an associate professor from the University of Abuja, introduces himself as the collation officer for the local government.

Total registered voters: 131166

Accredited voters: 114001

AAC - 10

AD - 11

ADC - 28

ADP - 11

APC 112764

APGA - 20

PDP - 139

PRP - 25

Valid votes: 113170

Rejected: 250

Votes cast: 113420

He said there were no incidences of violence and as a result, there were no cancelled votes. The agent of the YPP, however, said there were a lot of shootings in the local government as well as reports of ballot snatching.

In reaction, the collation officer said he was not in any of the areas but the INEC office. He said his report was from INEC officials.

The PDP agent lamented the situation saying results were written and sent to INEC. He said the wishes of the PDP and other parties are not reflected as what he has as the result has suddenly become far lower than what was declared by the collation officer.

The agent of the APC denied that there was violence in Okene.


Professor Emmanuel introduces himself as the collation officer of the election in the local government area.

Registered voters: 74789

Accredited voters: 26660

ADC - 37

ADP - 24

ANRP - 05

APC - 15364

NCP - 6

PDP - 8084

PPN - 14

PPP - 5

PRP - 4

SDP - 364

Valid votes: 23969

Rejected votes: 422

Votes cast: 24391

He said five registration areas had issues. One of them had all the polling units affected, as according to him, after the results were collated and brought to the ward collation, a drama ensued as gunshots were fired for some minutes causing chaos and people running for safety.

Source: Legit.ng

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