Two women win Kogi Assembly seats

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Two female candidates have been declared winners in the just-concluded House of Assembly election in Kogi State.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two female candidates, Mrs. Omotayo Adeleye-Ishaya and Mrs. Comfort Nwuchola, won the Ijumu and Ibaji state constituency seats, respectively.

Both Nwuchola and Adeleye-Ishaya are candidates of the All Progressives Congress and also the first females to represent their respective constituencies in the Kogi Assembly.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday, the Ijumu Local Government Returning Officer, Mrs Grace Haruna, at the result collation centre in Iyara, said Omotayo Adeleye-Ishaya scored a total of 8,568 votes to win.

The Returning Officer added that the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Alaga Tokunbo, polled 3,899 while the People’s Democratic Party candidate got 2,648 votes.

In Ibaji, Suleman Danubian, the INEC Returning Officer for the Local Government, announced that Mrs Comfort Nwuchola of the APC polled 7,718 votes to defeat the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Peter Egwuda, who garnered 6,737 votes.

Danubian added that the candidate of the PDP polled 4,630 votes to come third.

Meanwhile, Olawumi Jacob of the APC has been announced winner of the Mopamuro Local Government House of Assembly election.

The Returning Officer for Mopamuro, Prof. Mohammed Suleiman, who announced the result in Mopa, said Jacob polled a total of 4,389 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Jones Daniel of the PDP, who scored 2,516 votes.

Suleiman added that Olabode Makinde of the ADC came third with 1,733 votes.

The next Assembly will be the first time the Kogi House will have two female lawmakers making laws for the people of the state.

Since the first Assembly in 1992, the Kogi House of Assembly has had just three female members, but one at a time.

NAN