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Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has congratulated Sen. Smart Adeyemi for his victory at Saturday’s Kogi West Senatorial District poll re-run.

The returning officer, Prof. Olajide Lawal, announced on Saturday that Adeyemi polled 88,373 votes to defeat the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dino Melaye who recorded 62,133 votes.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, in Lokoja, on Sunday, described Adeyemi’s victory ”as a collective manifestation of intellectual, moral and cultural virtues, and mandate given by the good people of Kogi West”.

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He commended the APC supporters and the people of Kogi West for exercising their civic rights in a peaceful manner even as he lauded INEC officials and security agencies for doing their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections in the re-run.

The statement read in part: “The APC as a party is particularly grateful to the people of Kogi West for their peaceful conduct at the polls and embracing the promise of the party to work assiduously to ensure development of the area and the state in general.

“Now that we are having all three APC senators representing Kogi at the National Assembly, my administration will work in synergy with them and other APC lawmakers to attract more projects to our state, to make life more meaningful for its citizens.”