#KogiDecides: APC, INEC concede to PDP

By Amako Nneji November 25, 2015 08:32

#KogiDecides: APC, INEC concede to PDP

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has announced it will c‎onduct fresh primaries to determine a replacement for its late candidate, Abubakar Audu, in the inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State.

National Chairman of the Party, John Oyegun stated this while addressing journalists at the party’s national Secretariat in Abuja, adding delegates at the last primaries would determine who becomes the candidate.

    “As a party, we are going to proceed with the process of organising primaries to provide a substitute candidate for the late Abubakar Audu,” he declared.

INEC had on Tuesday announced that it would conduct a supplementary election in the 91 units where it cancelled election on Saturday, on December 5.

The commission also said APC was at liberty to replace its late candidate in the race.

‎While expressing his condolences to the family of late Audu on behalf of APC worldwide, Oyegun said the Attorney General of the Federation had made it public that the APC should replace the late candidate.

    “The first point I have to make of course is that INEC has made a pronouncement as to the election being inconclusive.

    “As at this moment we are yet to get anything in writing from INEC specifying the details of the polling units that are involved.

    “These are matters of detail. When we get a formal notification from INEC we will proceed on that point.

    “He (the Attorney General) has made a pronouncement to the effect that all that is required is for the APC to go through the processes of providing a substitute to our late candidate.

    “The INEC is also in agreement with the views of the Attorney General because we have already received a letter from them formally asking us to find a replacement for the vacancy that has been created by the passing on of Prince Abubakar Audu.

    “So that is what will engage the APC at this moment,” he said.

He maintained that the party would go into an executive session to decide on the modalities of the primaries.

Oyegun explained that because INEC had also said the party was at liberty to pick a fresh candidate for the rescheduled election, “that is why we are pressed for time.

    “We just got the letter today; we don’t have the luxury of time; we are going to go through a due process to ensure we pick a candidate in a matter of hours.