The stage has now been finally set for a straight contest between the incumbent Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Musa Wada, for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
While Bello emerged the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 3,127 out of 3,596 votes cast by the delegates on August 29, Wada emerged the PDP candidate on September 4 by polling 748 out of 2,109 votes cast to beat 12 other aspirants.
The Chairman of the PDP governorship primary election committee, Ahmadu Fintiri, who is also Adamawa State Governor, said another aspirant, Abubakar Ibrahim, polled 710 votes to come second, while a former Kogi State governor, Idris Wada, came third with 345.
Other aspirants and their scores as announced by Fintiri include: Senator Dino Melaye (70 votes); Aminu Abubakar Suleiman (55); Victor Adoji (54); Erico Ahmeh (42); Salihu Atawodi (1); Mohamed Shaibu (4); Bayo Averehi (2); Emmanuel Omebije (9); and Mrs. Grace Adejoh (0).
While some political pundits said the November 16 gubernatorial poll would be a walkover for Bello, others argued that Wada may spring surprises.
As the two candidates embark on full-blown electioneering campaigns to woo votes from the electorate, a winner is expected to emerge at the end of the day.
Who will be the winner? The answer to this question is the womb of time. Over to the good people of Kogi State.
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