Nigeria’s electoral commission, INEC, has declared Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of Kogi State governorship polls despite elections being suspended in some locations due to discrepancies.
Mr Ajaka, until May 2023, was a member of the APC but defected after he lost his governorship bid to Mr Ododo in a primary election that was fraught with irregularities and discrepancies.
In Adavi alone, the APC candidate polled over 100,000 votes, where the SDP candidate scored less than 300 votes, paving for his emergence as the victor of the contest.
Johnson Urama, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, pronounced Mr Ododo the winner Sunday night after results from all 21 local government areas of the state were read out.
The conduct of the polls was largely peaceful as opposed to 2019 when gunmen in combat aircraft shot at residents to cause mayhem and disrupt the election process.
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