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Kogi Guber: PDP resumes sorting, counting of votes after gunmen invasion

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By Sylvanus Okpe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resumed sorting and counting of votes in the Kogi governorship election primary which was interrupted in the early hours of Wednesday after armed thugs invaded Confluence Stadium where the congress held.

Voting had ended and the sorting of votes was going on when the gunmen stormed the venue at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday and started shooting from different directions.

Votes in eight out of the 10 ballot boxes had already been sorted and counted before the disruption by the gunmen.

Following the disruption, the Governor Umar Fintiri-led election panel called for a meeting of all aspirants where after a marathon session agreed that sorting and counting should continue.

All agents have figures of votes from the first seven ballot boxes that were already counted before the disruption; also as the other three boxes yet sorted out were in the possession of Governor Fintiri panel.

The resumption of the exercise has started at the Governorship lodge adjacent the government House Lokoja in the presence of the aspirants and their agents. Some journalists have also been allowed access to monitors the continuation of the exercise.

Unconfirmed results bring circulated by the agents records that Engr. Musa Wada is leading with 570 votes, followed by Abubakar Idris with 513; flowed by Senator Dino Melaye with 232 and Former Governor Idris Wada with 200

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