An erstwhile Chief of Air Staff and member of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Air Vice-Marshal Isaac Alfa (retd), has been declared winner of the Kogi East Senatorial re-run election held on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
Alfa’s triumph was announced on Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Lucky Ovwhasa, who declared that he polled 57, 575 votes to defeat five other candidates.
According to him, the candidates of Mega People Political Party (MPPP), United Progressives Party (UPP), KOWA, ACPN and Labour Party scored 1,793, 888, 498, 349 and 11,908 votes, respectively, in the election.
The senatorial election, according to him, was held in eight out of the nine local governments in Kogi East senatorial district, which are Bassa, Dekina, Ankpa, Olamaboro, Ofu, Idah, Igalamela/Odolu and Ibaji.
Ovwhasa said the senatorial election was held in 236 out of the 1,080 polling units in the area with 140, 297 voters out of the 643,559 registered voters in the area participating in the election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) did not participate in the exercise due to an Appeal Court judgment which prohibited it from fielding a candidate.