PDP wins Kogi East senatorial election

•As IGP commends officers on Kogi, Imo reruns

A former Chief of Air Staff and member of the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Air Vice-Marshal Isaac Alfa (retd), has been declared  the winner of Kogi East senatorial re-run  held on Saturday.

Announcing the result in Idah, on Sunday, the returning officer for the election, Professor Lucky Ovwhasa, said Alfa, the PDP candidate, scored 57, 575 votes to defeat five other candidates.

He said that 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 All Progressives Congress (APC) did not participate in the exercise due to an Appeal Court judgment which prohibited it from fielding a candidate.

The senatorial election, according to the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), held in 236 out of the 1,080 policing units in the area.

The returning officer announced that only 140, 297 voters out of the 643,559 registered voters in the area participated in the election.

Mr Haruna Idoko of the APC, had, on Saturday night, been declared winner of Idah state constituency re-run.

According to the returning officer of the election, ProfessorFemi Ajayi, Idoko polled 8,346 votes to beat his closest rival, James Ukwubile of PDP, who scored 8,274 votes.

The result of Ofu state constituency re-run is still being awaited.

Meanwhile,  the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has expressed  satisfaction with the impressive performance of police officers in the re-run in Kogi and Imo states on  Saturday and commended the officers for their unalloyed service to the nation.

He commended them for their personal and collective demonstration of patriotism, professionalism and commitment in ensuring that the re-run were conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any breach of public security.