In accordance with the directives by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday announced that it would conduct fresh primaries to fill the void created by the death of its candidate, Abubakar Audu, in the inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State.
The constitutional crisis created by Mr. Audu’s death on Sunday shortly after the governorship election was declared inconclusive, was laid to rest yesterday as both the AGF and INEC at separate fora, said the supplementary poll should go ahead as planned while APC should be allowed to find a replacement for its late candidate.
The electoral umpire fixed Saturday, December 5 as date for the supplementary election in 91 polling units where elections were canceled.
Addressing journalists at the party’s national Secretariat in Abuja, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said delegates to the last primaries – which saw the emergence of the late candidate – would determine who becomes the candidate.
On the fate of Mr. Audu’s running-mate, Rep. James Faleke, the APC national chairman said it would be decided after conducting fresh primary election.
“As a party, we are going to proceed with process of organising primaries to provide a substitute candidate for the late Abubakar Audu”, the party chairman declared.
While expressing his condolences to the family of late Audu on behalf of APC worldwide, the party chair said the AGF had made it public that the APC should replace the late candidate.
“He (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.
Towards this end, Mr. Oyegun disclosed that the APC would go into executive session next Tuesday to decide on the modalities of the primaries.