The last has not been heard of the Nov. 21 governorship election in Kogi State as the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has rejected the declaration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress as Governor-elect.
The crisis rocking the Kogi governorship election could be traced to the sudden death of the APC candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, who was leading the poll and the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare the polls inconclusive.
Following the demise of Audu, the INEC permitted the APC to present a fresh candidate and the party submitted Bello’s name for the supplementary poll on December 5.
Bello’s votes in the supplementary poll was added to the votes garnered by the late Audu and was subsequently declared winner by INEC.
The development has since attracted a barrage of petitions with each petitioner asking to be declared the winner on the grounds that the votes of a dead candidate cannot be transferred to a living person
It was on these grounds that the APGA candidate in the election, Goodman Akwu, approached the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal seeking to invalidate the declaration of Bello as the winner of the election.
This brings to six the total number of petitions filed at the tribunal sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, to challenge INEC’s decision.
Other petitions already filed at the tribunal to challenge the INEC’s decision are those by Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party; running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, James Faleke; Mr. Philip Salawu of the Labour Party; the Progressive Party Alliance and the African Democratic Congress.