The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday presented certificate of return to the Governor-Elect of Kogi State, Ahmed Usman Ododo.
Certificate of return was also presented to his Deputy, Joel Salifu Oyibo.
The certificates of return were presented amid jubilation by party members and supporters at the INEC office in Lokoja.
Both Ododo and Joel of the All Progressives Congress won the Saturday November 11 governorship election in the state.
The APC candidates won the election by polling 446,237 ,Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party, came second with 259,052 votes while Dino Melaye, of the Peoples Democratic Party, polled 46,362 votes.
Speaking shortly after receiving his certificate, Ododo promised to fulfil his campaign promises,saying that he would build on the good legacies of Governor Yahaya Bello.
He also promised to preserve the unity of the state and treat all sections fairly and equally.
He thanked the people for voting for him, promising not to betray the trust reposed in him.
“My administration will be committed to sustaining the youth and women empowerment programs of the present administration.
“My resolve to provide employment for our teeming youths and ensure that education occupies the front burner of our administration remains unchanged.
“My victory at last Saturday’s election is a victory for all.
“We will run an all inclusive administration, where everyone, irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliation, will be carried along,” he said.
The event was witnessed presentation by Governor Yahaya Bello, who urged the people of the State to join hands with Ododo in building a greater Kogi State.
”The election has come and gone and a winner has emerged.
“I call on the people of the State to work towards the unity and togetherness our administration has achieved,” he said.
Presenting the Certificate, the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC, Gabriel Longpet, said the presentation was part of the Commission’s mandate.
He said Usman Ododo was being presented the certificate, having met the constitutional requirements.