The Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the results of the Kogi governorship supplementary election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier today, December 6.
Speaking through its agent, Captain Joe Agada at the headquarters of the INEC in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, the party condemned the exercise, describing it as a kangaroo election. Agada refused to sign the final result sheet of the election.
Agada spoke to Naij.com outside the collation hall at the INEC office after he challenged officials of the electoral body to give him a signed copy of the results sheet of the supplementary polls.
He said: ‘’This election is a kangaroo exercise. How can INEC add the vote of the late Abubakar Audu to a certain Yahaya Bello who just few days ago, was chosen to be the APC candidate.
‘’We believe that the tribunal will reverse this because it is not known in law for someone to benefit from an election he didn’t not contest in.”
Agada also made reference to the withdrawal of the deputy governorship candidate of the APC, James Faleke in the race.
He said: ‘’It is unheard of for a candidate to contest in an election without a deputy governorship candidate. It is illegal. Faleke had gone public to say he won’t be participating in the supplementary election, only for Yahaya Bello to contest the election without a running mate.’’
Agada also chided INEC for not releasing the result sheet of the supplementary election to him, adding that the electoral body’s stand that the election was the same with the inconclusive polls two weeks ago was unacceptable.
‘’Let it be on record that we asked for the results sheets of this election and we were denied it by INEC officials,’’ he concluded.
It will be recalled that Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the Kogi state supplementary election held yesterday, December 5 by INEC in the early hours of today, December 6.