BREAKING: Drama as Shettima watches Bello out of power, Ododo takes oath of office

BREAKING: Drama as Shettima watches Bello out of power, Ododo takes oath of office


  • Kashim Shettime, the vice president of Nigeria, was at the colourful event that saw the change of power in Kogi state on Saturday
  • Usman Ododo, the winner of the November 11 governorship election in Kogi, took over the affairs of the state from the immediate past governor, Yahaya Bello
  • Chukwuka Ofoegbu, who spoke with Legit.ng on the victory of Ododo, said there is much to expect from the governor because he was the best of the options on the ground during the poll

Legit.ng journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Lokoja, KogiYahaya Bello of Kogi has finally left the office of the north-central state governor as his tenure ended, and new Governor Usman Ododo took the oath of office on Saturday, January 27.

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Ododo was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 11 governorship election in Kogi and was declared the poll winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Usman Ododo/Yahaya Bello/Kogi/Kashim Shettima
Usman Ododo takes the oath of office in Kogi
Photo Credit: Usman Ododo, Alhaji Yahaya Bello
Source: Twitter

Some dignitaries present at the event include Vice President Kashim Shettima, APC National Chairman Abdullahi Ganduje, and immediate past Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello, among others, The Nation reported.

In the election, Ododo of the APC scored 446,237 votes to defeat Murtala Ajaka, the flagbearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who garnered 259,052 and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 46,362 votes.

Analyst reacts to Governor Ododo’s swearing-in

Chukwuka Ofoegbu, also known as Ijele Speaks, a security and public affairs analyst, spoke with legit.ng on the re-election of the APC in the state.

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Ofoegbu said the governor has a lot of expectations of him, considering the fact that the people saw him as the best of the available options.

He said:

“His (Ododo) pocket was deep. The major opponents either have no political legacy to run on or, in the case of the SDP candidate, couldn’t in good conscience convince the voters that he was a better candidate since he owes his strength to the same government he was trying to replace.”

Knocks as Ododo kneels for Bello

Legit.ng earlier reported that Yahaya Bello, the outgoing governor of Kogi state, has been regarded as the new godfather in Nigeria politics following the November 11 governorship election in the state.

Usman Ododo, the candidate of the Bello and flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the poll winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after scoring the highest votes.

Source: Legit.ng




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