Two female candidates have been declared winners of the just-concluded House of Assembly elections in Kogi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two female candidates – Omotayo Adeleye-Ishaya and Comfort Nwuchola – won in Ijumu and Ibaji State Constituency seats, respectively.
Both were candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and were also first females to represent their respective constituencies in Kogi Assembly.
According to the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Grace Abalaka Haruna, Mrs Adeleye-Ishaya scored a total of 8,568 votes to win.
The returning officer added that the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Alaga Tokunbo, polled 3,899 while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate got 2,648 votes.
In Ibaji, Suleman Danubian, the INEC returning officer for the local government, announced that Mrs Nwuchola of the APC polled 7,718 votes to defeat the candidate of the NNPP, Peter Egwuda, who garnered 6,737 votes.
Mr Danubian added that the candidate of the PDP polled 4,630 votes to come third.
Meanwhile, Olawumi Jacob of APC has been announced winner of Mopamuro Local Government House of Assembly election.
Mohammed Suleiman, the returning officer for Mopamuro, who announced the result in Mopa, said Mr Olawumi polled a total of 4,389 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jones Olorunjuwon Daniel of the PDP who scored 2,516 votes.
Mr Suleiman added that Olabode Makinde of ADC came third with 1,733 votes.
The next Assembly will be the first time that the Kogi House of Assembly will have two female lawmakers making laws for the people of the state.
Since the first Assembly in 1992, Kogi House of Assembly has had just three female members, but one at a time.
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