The declaration of Mr. Bello as governor-elect follows the conclusion of supplementary polls yesterday in 91 polling units across 18 local government areas of Kogi State.
The election was declared inconclusive on November 22 after the margin of votes between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and APC was less than the number of registered voters in the 91 polling units where election was cancelled.
Announcing the results of the supplementary elections on Sunday morning, the INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Immanuel Kucha, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said the APC garnered 6,885 votes while the PDP polled 5,363.
The total votes received by the APC came to 247,752, having polled 240,857 in the November 21 election while the PDP’s total rose to 204,877 having had 199,514 at the November 21 election.
“That Yahaya Bello of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the majority, is hereby declared winner”, Mr. Kucha said.
Mr. Bello emerged the APC candidate for the supplementary election after the demise of Abubakar Audu on November 22.