Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello asserted that the Saturday election was conducted in a free and credible manner, dismissing previous reports of violence during elections in the state as media fabrications. Speaking to reporters after casting his vote at Agasa, Okene, Bello commended both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the electorate for their positive role in the electoral process.
In a self-assessment of his tenure, Governor Bello declared that he was leaving the state in a better condition than when he assumed office. He refuted claims of electoral violence during his administration, attributing such assertions to individuals who are not physically present in Kogi State.
According to Bello, a historical examination of records would reveal that elections under his leadership have been the most transparent, fair, and devoid of violence when compared to previous administrations. He dismissed the notion of election-related violence in Kogi State as a creation of the media and the imagination of those who wish to portray a negative image of the state.
Highlighting the peaceful atmosphere during the election, Bello emphasized that there was no evidence of violence and asserted that the tranquility and harmonious relationship among the people spoke volumes about the credibility of the electoral process. He credited the collaborative efforts of security agencies and citizens for ensuring the conduct of a free, fair, and credible election in the state.
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