The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday reversed its earlier declaration that the Kogi-Central senatorial rerun election was inconclusive and then declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmed Ogembe, winner of the poll.
INEC had on Sunday declared the election as inconclusive following the cancellation of 20,000 votes which affected two polling units of Otutu ward in Okene Local Governmebt Area and Karaworo and Esuha and Inozomi wards in Adavi LGA, however, on Monday, it said Ogembe, won the election.
The electoral commission’s Returning Officer, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, on Monday, at Okene, the headquarters of the senatorial district, said the presiding officers in charge of the areas that were initially cancelled, had presented copies of the results that were said to have been destroyed by hoodlums during the election.
According to Ajayi, INEC officials later used the copies with the presiding officers to compute the final results, leading to the emergence of Ogembe as the winner.
Of the 89,214 votes that were cast in the Saturday re-run, Ogembe was leading with 45,468 votes, while Senator Nurudeen Abatemi of Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA, pulled 31,163 and Dr. Moses Wokili of Social Democratic Party, SDP scored 9,966 while 1,368 votes were rejected.
Following the declaration, Ogembe got 46,503 votes to beat Senator Abatemi, who scored a total of 32,169 votes while the Dr. Moses, got 10,064 votes to come third.