Kogi governorship election
Some male voters queue to vote during the 2019 Kogi governorship election at LGEA Primary School 2, Agassa Polling Unit 009, in Okene Local government area (image courtesy: Jones Bamidele/NAN)

Welcome to Concise News Election Monitoring Room/Live Reports.

We shall be bringing to you live reports across Kogi as eager electorates troop out today November 16 to elect a Governor to lead the Confluence State.

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Concise News understands that 24 candidates are running for the highest office in the north-central State, with about 1,485,828 electorates expected to vote in the 21 local government areas (LGAs) that make up the 28-year-old State.

Yahaya Bello, who is the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appear to be the frontrunners.

While Bello is from Kogi Central, which houses five of the 21 LGAs, Wada is from Kogi East, the political district with the highest population in the State.

And for the first time since 1999, the two main candidates for the Kogi governorship election are from different senatorial districts, with Kogi West, therefore, in a crucial position of deciding the winner.

This thread is open to everybody in Kogi State who is participating in one way or another during the election. Voters, observers, officials are encouraged to use the comment form below to report activities at the various polling unit and collation centres.

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We wish Kogi people a peaceful governorship election.

Live reports from Kogi State:

6:45pm: Voting has since ended across all polling units.

6:30pm: An unidentified official of Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been kidnapped in SUBEB polling unit in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.

5:00pm: Okene LGA- PDP scores zero at Yahaya Bello’s unit

4:20pm: We can also report that the deputy governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja, has won his polling unit.

Olamaboro LGA

Polling Unit 13, Ward 3 Omonyoku-Odidoko

APC: 934

PDP: 0

4:00pm: Result from PU 002 in Ward 06, Onah, Idah LGA, shows that PDP got 187; APC 25; while SDP picked 2 votes.

3:30pmGovernor Bello defeats Natasha Akpoti of the SDP at her polling unit.

PU 019,

Ward 01, Obeiba/Ihima, Okehi

APC: 78

SDP: 76

See more Kogi governorship election results from some polling units here.

3:20pm: Policemen run for dear life as violence breaks out at PU 006, Asuta ward. Five policemen at the unit escaped through a nearby bush after some irate youth surrounded the voting area, destroying election materials.

2:15pm: Voting, it has been gathered, commenced late due to Card Reader failure. It was also learned that there are insufficient stamps and PWD forms at the polling unit.

12:20pm: Governors Yahaya Bello’s main challenger in the 2019 Kogi State Governorship election, Musa Wada, has cast his vote, calling on electorates to defend their votes. Read more.

12:15pm: Thugs believed to be loyal to one of the political parties contesting the governorship election in Kogi state have allegedly attacked Sam Egwu of the Leadership newspapers and Sunday Omachi of Radio Kogi. Read full report.

12.00pm: Meanwhile, there are reports that thugs have snatched ballot boxes at Dino Melaye’s polling unit.

11:45am: Officials of Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been observed issuing 2015 ballot papers to voters instead of the ones for 2019. Read full report.

11:15am: We also understand that agents tied to the APC are alleged to be forcing voters to vote for their party or leave the polling unit.

11:06am: Reports say that party agents are thumbprinting for voters to get paid. This is at ipolling unit 016 in Kuroko Ward, Adavi local government area.

11:05am: Thugs reportedly take awya ballot boxes in Ofu local government area.

10:30am: Onoja, the APC deputy governorship candidate, voted at PU 13, ward 3, Omonyoku-Odidoko, Ogugu, in Olamaboro LGA.

Kogi Decides 2019
Deputy Governor Edward Onoja casts his vote in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, north-central Nigeria (image courtesy: TheCable)

10:00am: Kogi deputy governor Edward Onoja casts his vote.

9:31am: Governor Bello arrived with his wives to cast his vote in Okene-Eba/Agasa/Ahache ward PU 011, Okene. Read more here.

Kogi Decides 2019: APC's Yahaya Bello, Wife Cast Vote In Okene
Governor Bello and wives cast their vote in the Kogi State Governorship Election on Saturday, November 16, 2019 (image courtesy: TheCable

9:30am: Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) cast his vote at his Upogoro-Odenku Ward in Okene local government area of Kogi state at about 8:50 am on Saturday.

9:05am: Let’s also confirm that men and officers of the Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs Service, among other security outfits, are ensuring maintenance of law and order.

9:00am: We can also report that accreditation at Ward A Polling Station, Growther/ Sabongari, Lokoja, commenced as at 8.35 a.m. Voters were seen checking their names on the register pasted on the walls of Growther Memorial College, while others lined up, orderly, to be accredited.

8:45am: Concise News understands that voting commenced in the hour of 8am at PU 003, Asuta ward, in Kabba/Bunu area of the State.

Kogi governorship election
Image courtesy TheCable

8:00am: An ad-hoc official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) addresses voters at Polling Unit 002, Ede Ward in Idah area of the Confluence State.