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Kogi election holds tomorrow

Prospective voters will throng polling stations tomorrow in Kogi State to elect a new governor. At least 22 political parties have fielded candidates for the…

Prospective voters will throng polling stations tomorrow in Kogi State to elect a new governor.
At least 22 political parties have fielded candidates for the election, the first of its kind after President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership on May, 29.
The election will also be the first under the watch of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Weeks ago, INEC headquarters in Abuja released the names of 22 governorship candidates and their running mates for today’s contest.
Prominent among the gubernatorial candidates are the incumbent, Idris Wada, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Prince Abubakar Audu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Other contenders include the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Dr. Philip Salawu of Labour Party, LP; Isah Kamadeen (AA); Dickson Fred (AP), Ukwenya Musa (ACD), Michael Abdullahi (AD), Zainab Usman (ADC), Odufu Friday (APA), Akwu Goodman (APGA), Yinka Oloruntoba (CPP), Philip Koleola (DPC), Abubakar Ibrahim (DPP), Ibrahim Adejoh (ID), Raji Ogrima (KOWA), Mohammed Dangana (NCP), Mallam Abdul Hussien (NNPP), Emmanuel Daikwo (PDC), Emmanuel Ozigi (PPA), Dr. Oju Hussein (PPN) Enema Paul (SPD) and Saadu Mukailu (UDP).
A senior INEC official in Lokoja said they have so far recruited 13,052 ad hoc staff for the election.
 He added that additional 584 voting centres had been created out of polling units with more than 1, 000 registered voters.
The state secretary of the commission,  Mailafia Adison, had  penultimate Monday in Lokoja said 12, 536 poll officials, 255 supervisory presiding officers, 239  registration collation officers, 21 registration area collation officers and one state returning officer would handle the elections.

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