As the collation of results of the Kogi State governorship election continues at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters in Lokoja, the state capital on Sunday, we can confirm that the All Progressives Congress candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, is in an early lead.
However, until the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Haliru Kpai, announces the total collation of results from the 21 local government areas in the state and declares the winner, we cannot state emphatically that Audu has defeated the incumbent and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Governor Idris Wada.
Out of the total of 19 local government areas where the results have been officially declared, Audu has won 15, leaving the incumbent with just four local government areas.
The LGs won by Audu are as follows: Kogi-kotonkarfe, Adavi, Ajaoukta, Okehi, Ijumu, Yagba West, Yagba East, Idah, Kabba Bunu, Olamaboro, Ankpa, Ofu, Igala Mela, Bassa and Lokoja.
The LGs won by Wada: Mopa Muro, Ogori-Magongo, Okene and Omala.
The total number of votes cast for Audu in the 15 LGs so far collated and declared is 208, 454 while Governor Wada secured 167, 340 from the four LGs so far collated and declared by the Kogi REC.