By Muhammed Nasiru
Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali Halims, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been officially declared the winner of Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency election in a landslide victory that earned him eight thousand, four hundred and thirty three votes difference with the first runner up.
The winner and ranking member elect of the House of Representatives, according to an official declaration by INEC, polled thirty four thousand, two hundred and eighty (34,280) votes to defeat his closest challenger, Hon. Joshua Adejoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled twenty five thousand, eight hundred and forty seven(25,847) votes.
Reacting to the result, Comrade Muhammed Nasiru, the Coordinator of Information, Visual and Strategic (IVS) Operations to Hon. Halims said the result scored by his Principal is a reflection of the fact that Hon. Halims was and still highly loved by the people of Ankpa Federal Constituency.
Halims got the landslide-winning figures from Ankpa (his home) Local Government Area where he polled nineteenth thousand, one hundred and eighty seven (19,187) votes against his Ankpa indigenous rival, one Ahmed Sani who polled five thousand, one hundred and thirty eight(5,138) votes in Ankpa and outrightly came fourth in the overall results.
The electoral umpire, INEC, through its Federal Constituency Returning Officer for Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency, Dr. Kadiri Wasiu formally declared Halims the “winner and returned elected” at exactly 6.45PM Nigerian time.
It can be recalled that Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims was elected into the Kogi State House of Assembly as a member representing Ankpa I State Constituency in 2007. He was appointed Chairman of the Kogi State Water Board in 2013 and first elected into the House of Representatives in 2019.