A developing story just reaching us indicates that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Kogi State governorship election, which was declared inconclusive, Prince Abubakar Audu, is feared dead!
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the election inconclusive on Sunday after the media had widely reported Audu winner with 240, 867 votes.
The INEC returning officer for the election, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, however, said no party could be declared the winner yet since the total number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between Audu and the second placed, Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who got a total of 199, 514 votes.
The margin between the votes polled by both candidates is 41, 353 while the total number of registered voters in the polling units where elections were canceled is 49, 953.
This news report has been updated to reflect the confirmation that Audu is dead. He reportedly died of cardiac arrest following the announcement that the election was inconclusive.
We extend our deepest sympathies to d family of Abubakar Audu. May His Soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father. pic.twitter.com/fOL0PtnJ4T
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) November 22, 2015
He is to be buried tomorrow in his home town according to Islamic rites.