By Ibrahim Sheriff
Alhaji Ahmed Ododo has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Kogi State.
According to the Secretary of the Kogi APC Primary Election Committee, Patrick Obahiagha, Ododo scored 78, 704 votes to beat six other contestants.
Obahiagha, who announced the result of the governorship primary on Friday in Lokoja, said Salami Momodu got 1,506 votes, Abubakar Yahaya-Ashemogu, 1,159, and Shaaibu Abubakar-Audu, 763 votes.
He added that Stephen Ocheni garnered 552 votes, Sanusi Ohiere, 424, and Smart Adeyemi 311 votes.
Obahiagha said that out of the 93,729 voters, 83,419 who were accredited, voted for candidates of their choice.
“Ododo, having scored the majority of the lawful votes cast at the direct primary election conducted on April 14, 2023, in Kogi, is hereby declared the winner of the APC primary election 2023.
“Ahmed Usman-Ododo is hereby returned as the duly elected governorship candidate of APC for the November 2023 governorship election,” he said.
Obahiagha congratulated party leaders and members for the peaceful primary election.
The committee secretary also thanked Gov. Yahaya Bello, for making the democratic process possible.
Born on February 7, 1982, Ododo bagged Bachelors degree in Political Science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. He has served in various capacities within the political arena, including as a member of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, a Special Assistant to the Governor, and the Chairman of the Kogi State Youth Council.
Ododo served as the head of the Kogi state Internal Revenue Service and Auditor General for Local Government in Kogi State under the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.