March 18 Polls: Female Candidates Win Unprecedented 2 Seats in Kogi State House of Assembly

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Two female candidate has been declared winners of the just concluded House of Assembly elections in Kogi state.

The two candidates; Mrs Comfort Nwuchola and Mrs. Omotayo Adeleye-Ishaya, won Ibaji and Ijumu state constituency seats respectively.

Both Nwuchola and Adeleye-Ishaya were candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC). Both were also first female to represent their respective constituencies in the State Assembly.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Saturday, declared Omotayo Adeleye-Ishaya as the winner of Ijumu State House of Assembly election.

Declaring the result, the Local Government Electoral Officer, Mrs Grace Abalaka Haruna, at the end of the collation exercise at the INEC office, Iyara, said the APC candidate having scored the valid votes of 8568, ahead of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate, Alaga Tokunbo, who got 3899 and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate who scored 2648, emerged winner of the election.

In Ibaji, Comfort Nwuchola of APC polled 7718 votes to defeat the candidate of NNPP, Peter Egwuda, who garnered 6737 votes to come second. The candidate of PDP polled 4630 votes to come third.

The third female candidate, Yemisi Oshaloto, also of APC, lost narrowly to ADC candidate in Yagba West state constituency.

Next Assembly will be the first time Kogi State House of Assembly will have two female lawmakers making laws for the people.

Since the first Assembly in 1992, Kogi State House of Assembly has had just three female members, having just one at a time.

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