The Kogi state governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 11, has been predicted to be a tight race between the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
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Barrister Titilope Anifowoshe has explained that winning the election in Kogi state largely depends on the populous tribe in the North-central state.
What will determine Saturday’s election in Kogi State
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Topping the candidates list is Usman Ododo of the APC, Dino Melaye of the PDP, and Muritala Yakubu Ajaka of the SDP.
Three Areas that will determine fate of APC, PDP, and SDP in Saturday’s election in Kogi
Speaking with AmbaJay, Anifowoshe explained that the Igala and Ebira people would determine the Saturday poll in Kogi.
She added that the deciding factors are the people of Kabba, Yagba and Lokoja, the state capital.
The legal luminary, however, disclosed that the dominating and populous tribes in the state were already divided.
He expressed optimism that the people’s will would prevail.
May the people’s will prevail. In my view, Kogi politics are largely centred on the Igala and Ebira tribes. Kabba, Yagba, and Lokoja would be the decisive factors, but they are divided between the PDP, APC, and SDP, making the race tight.
My hope is that the election proceeds in a free and fair manner.
Igala Ebira always determines Kogi governorship election
Igala people in the eastern senatorial district have governed the state for over 20 years and still want to have control of the state.
They are the most populous tribe, controlling nine of the 21 local government areas in the state.
But the Ebira are pushing to produce Governor Yahaya Bello’s successor, who is from the Kogi Central senatorial district, to equal the years that the Igala people governed the state.
Why Dino Melaye’s votes will be divided in Kogi West
The dominant people of the Kogi West senatorial district, Okun, are the second largest group of people in the state, but they have not been privileged to produce a governor since the creation of the state.
However, pundits said Kogi West’s vote has already been divided as Melaye has another contender from the region, Leke Abejide, a member of the House of Representatives representing the people of the Yagba Federal Constituency.
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate has become a household name in the constituency because he has been paying WAEC fees for pupils in secondary schools in the constituency since he was first elected as a federal lawmaker.
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AmbaJay earlier reported that the APC governorship candidate in state was caught in a video referring to himself as a woman.
Ododo was reportedly trying to shade his political opponent, Melaye.
Some Nigerians have taken to the video’s comment section to express mixed reactions about the development.