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Helicopters Were Used To Carry Ballot Boxes During Kogi Elections – YPP

The Kogi Chairman of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Mr. Chinda Emmanuel is not happy with the result of the governorship election in the state.

According to him, there was lots of violence and it was not the real wishes of the voters in the state.

However, Dr. Sani Teidi-Shaibu, the gubernatorial candidate of Youth Democratic Party (YDP) said the polls was one of the best he had ever seen.

Chinda said, “I am not happy with the way the election went. In my own Local Government Area, I voted at unit 007 Gboloko and my supporters also voted there but I’m surprised that INEC recorded only two votes for my party in the results.”

“My party, YPP and our candidate, Hajia Aisha Audu are not happy with the outcome of the election and the result announced today. They announced a cooked result and we shall challenge it in court.”

He added that in Dekina, Ibaji and Lokoja Local Governments people were murdered and helicopters allegedly used to carry ballot boxes.

Dr. Sani had a different view, his words, “I think this is one of the best elections I have ever witnessed because they at INEC did their homework and the election was very perfect.”

“Whoever is aggrieved should put it aside and let us team up and work with government so that Kogi can move forward.”

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Kogi is a state in the central region (Middle-Belt) of Nigeria. It is popularly called the Confluence State because of the confluence of River Niger and River Benue at its capital, Lokoja, which is the first administrative capital of modern-day Nigeria.

Agriculture is the main part of the state economy with fishing in the riverine areas like Lokoja, Idah, Baji,etc., and the state also has coal, petroleum, steel and other mineral industries.

The main ethnic groups are Igala, Ebira, and Okun.

The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam.

There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun (a Yoruba Group) with other such as Bassa-Nge, a people of Nupe extraction in Lokoja and Bassa Local Government Area, Bassa-Komo of Bassa Local Government Area, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo people(A Yoruba Group), Ogori, Magongo, Idoma and the pure NUPE people of Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.

   
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