INEC sets up supplementary Kogi polls amidst controversy

By Amako Nneji November 24, 2015 16:51

INEC sets up supplementary Kogi polls amidst controversy

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has slated December 5, 2015 as the date to conduct a supplementary election in Kogi State at the 91 polling units where elections did not hold on November 21.

In a press release signed by the Secretary of the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu on Tuesday, November 24 she acknowledged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has notified the electoral umpire of the death of its candidate, Audu Abubakar.

See letter;

INEC document

News of Audu demise came soon after INEC had declared the governorship election inconclusive, following the cancellation of the results of the poll in 91 polling units.

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Returning Officer, Emmanuel Kucha (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi), declared Audu of the APC scored 240,867 while Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, garnered 199,514 votes.

Kucha said the margin of votes between Audu and Wada is 41,353, adding that the election was inconclusive because the total number of registered voters in 91 polling units, in 18 local government areas, where election was cancelled is 49,953.

That figure is higher than the 41,353 votes with which Audu leads Wada.

Presently, there is controversy over who steps into the late Audu’s shoes, as the 1999 Constitution is silent on what should be the case in a situation where a governorship candidate dies before being declared winner of the poll.

Section 181 (1) of the constitution, which is supposed to serve as a guide in the event of the death of an elected Governor before taking oath of office, did not envisage that a governorship candidate would die in a situation where an election is declared inconclusive.

The said section of the constitution (as amended) states: “If a person duly elected as governor dies before taking and subscribing to the oath of allegiance and oath of office, or is unable for any reason whatsoever to be sworn in, the person elected with him as deputy governor shall be sworn in as governor and he shall nominate a new deputy governor who shall be appointed by the governor with the approval of a simple majority of the state House of Assembly.”

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