The gubernatorial and senatorial elections in Kogi state has proved once again that corruption has eaten deep into our political system.
Some of our politicians went as far as bribing INEC officials to manipulate the results of the election in their favor.
Today, a collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state presented a 50K bribe the politicians gave to a presiding officer in Igalamela-Odolu local government area of the state during the November 16 election in Kogi.
The cash was presented while he submitted the result of the local government he coordinated.
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Kogi, is a state in the central region (Middle-Belt) of Nigeria. It is popularly called the Confluence State because of the confluence of River Niger and River Benue at its capital, Lokoja, which is the first administrative capital of modern-day Nigeria.
Agriculture is the main part of the state economy with fishing in the riverine areas like Lokoja, Idah, Baji,etc., and the state also has coal, petroleum, steel and other mineral industries.
The main ethnic groups are Igala, Ebira, and Okun.
The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam.
There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun (a Yoruba Group) with other such as Bassa-Nge, a people of Nupe extraction in Lokoja and Bassa Local Government Area, Bassa-Komo of Bassa Local Government Area, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo people(A Yoruba Group), Ogori, Magongo, Idoma and the pure NUPE people of Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.