The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has taken a stand on the legal conundrum created by the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in last Saturday’s inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State.
The INEC returning officer for Kogi state on Sunday declared the election inconclusive because the total number of registered voters in 91 polling units where elections were canceled was higher than the margin between the APC flag bearer and the runner up, Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
On same day the election was declared inconclusive, Mr. Audu was declared dead, leading to speculations that the election might either be conducted afresh or supplementary polls held in the canceled units with the APC fielding a new candidate as its flag bearer.
Announcing its position on the matter, the Secretary to INEC, Augusta C. Ogakwu, said the supplementary elections will now hold on Saturday, December 5 in the 91 affected polling units.
“The Commission has, after due consideration of the circumstances, decided to allow the All Progressives Congress to fill the vacancy created by the death of its candidate”, Mrs. Ogakwu said in the statement.