Kogi Speaker Loses House of Reps Bid as INEC Declares ADC Candidate Winner

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Arc. Idris Salman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) winner of Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu House of Representatives election in Kogi state.

The Assistant Electoral Officer, Usman Uhami Ojo, announced the results in Kabba on Monday.

Salman’s victory shattered the ambition of Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole to represent the federal constituency.

Declaring the final result on Monday in Kabba, Usman said Arc Idris Salman of ADC polled 13,867, while the the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Matthew Kolawole polled 13,605.

Usman added that Mr Olaiya Olobatoke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 10,967 votes; Mr Bello Abayomi of Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 536; Seun Sylvanus of ACCORD got 127; and Adebayo David of NNPP polled 536 votes.

”That Idris Salman of ADC having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared winner and is returned elected,” the returning officer said.

The returning officer, Adams Baba had on February 26 declared the result of the Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu House of Representatives election inconclusive.

Baba had said that the declaration was due to the difference between the margin of winner and voided results in two polling units.

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