By Isa Amodu
In an election that was described by some election observers as marred with violence and irregularities, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally offered certificate of return to Kogi and Bayelsa States governors-elect.
In the case of Kogi, incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello will be returning for a second term after a first term which kogites referred to as “terrible” especially owing to the fact that the governor owed over 12 months salaries and arreers of workers.
On the other hand, David Lyon, against all odds defeated the annointed candidate of the current governor, Douye Diri with over 150,000 votes to clinch the number one position on Bayelsa state.
Lyon’s emergence was described as a “shocker” by many political analysts owing to the fact that he has never held any political position before now.
The outcome of the Bayelsa elections on the hand was adjudged to be the true reflection of the wishes of the people in protest of the governor’s decision to impose a candidate against the wishes of the people.
Also the People’s Democratic Party had vowed to punish all party stalwarts who worked against the party in last Saturday’s election with former President Goodluck Jonathan being fingered in the process as his body language didnt support the party’s candidate.
Kogi on the other hand had observer complaints of violence and use if thugs to disrupt electoral process by the incumbent Governor all in a bid to return to power.
The highest of it was the approval of N10bn naira for Kogi government three days before elections, an approval frowned by Nigerians and opposition members of the Senate.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday presented certificates of return to the winners of the governorship election in Kogi State, incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello and his deputy and running mate, Edward Onoja, of the All Progressives Congress.
The commission also presented certificates of return to the Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon, and deputy governor-elect, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, of the APC.
Bello and Onoja were given the certificates at the Kogi State INEC headquarters, Lokoja.
The National Commissioner in charge of North-Central, Mohammed Haruna, who presented the certificates said, “Today marks a new beginning after the election and a call to duty for the governor-elect and his deputy.”
Earlier, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof James Apam, said the presentation was in line with the tradition of the commission.
Also, the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers states, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, presented the certificates to Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo amid tight security at the Prof Mahmood Yakubu Media Centre in the Bayelsa State INEC headquarters, Yenagoa.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Monday Udoh, presented the certificate of return to the state House of Assembly member-elect, Charles Daniels, who won the outstanding Brass Constituency 1 election.
Agbamuche-May explained that the ceremony marked the end of the electoral process which started in May 2019 in Bayelsa State.
GovernanveNews reports that Lyon promised that he would not disappoint the people of the state, adding that he and the APC had entered into a social contract with the people, which would translate into the development and security of the state.
Bello, on the other hand, had promised the people of Kogi state to consolidate on dividends of democracy and move the people of Kogi state to the “next level”.