The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, presented certificate of return to the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Edward Onoja.
The presentation took place at the Professor Mahmoud Yakubu Hall, INEC state headquarters, Lokoja.
Bello, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered 406, 222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 189,704 votes in an election marred by ballot box snatching and violence.
Presenting the certificate to Bello, the INEC National Commissioner in-charge of the North Central, Mohammed Haruna, said: “Today marks a new beginning after the election and a call to duty for the governor-elect.”
The Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam said the presentation was in line with the tradition of the commission, which it always look forward to.
“We know what we went through to get to this stage and its time to settle down for the job ahead,” he said.
Bello said that the day is the second time he will be receiving certificate of return as a governor, but will not be the last time he will be receiving certificate of return from INEC.
He said that he will continue to pursue those laudable projects he pledged during the electioneering campaigns.