Engr. Musa Wada has emerged the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State.
Wada defeated a strong field that included a serving senator, Dino Melaye and former Kogi Governor, Idris Wada.
The Chairman of the governorship primary election committee, Ahmadu Fintiri on Wednesday, in Lokoja told journalists that Mr Wada emerged by polling 748 votes to beat 12 other aspirants.
Mr Fintiri, who is the Governor of Adamawa, also revealed that another aspirant, Abubakar Ibrahim, polled 710 votes. Ibrahim finished second behind Wada, while former Governor Idris Wada came third with 345.
Meanwhile, Senator Melaye polled a meagre 70 votes in the keenly-contested election to finish outside the top three.
The committee chairman said that he decided to announce the results, having been satisfied with the conduct of the primaries. He disclosed that the conduct of the primaries had complied substantially with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
“We have performed well and we should be commended by all the aspirants,” the governor said.
Aspirants and their scores as announced by Mr Fintiri
Engr. Musa Wada 748 votes
Abubakar Ibrahim 710 votes
Idris Wada 345 votes
Aminu Abubakar Suleiman 55 votes
Victor Adoji 54 votes
Erico Ahmeh 42 votes
Salihu Atawodi 11 votes
Mohamed Shaibu 4 votes
Bayo Averehi 2 votes
Emmanuel Omebije 9 votes.
The only female aspirant – Grace Adejoh – received no votes.
2,109 votes were cast
54 voided votes were recorded, with 244 unused ballots
247 ballot papers could not be accounted for.