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Kogi: APC goes for fresh primary

25 November 2015, 08:50

Abuja - Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Tuesday in Abuja said the party would pick a new candidate to replace Abubakar Audu, its candidate in the governorship poll in Kogi.

INEC on Tuesday announced that it would conduct supplementary election in the 91 units where it cancelled election on Saturday, on December 5.

Odigie-Oyegun made this known in a news conference and said that leadership of the party would go into closed-door session immediately to pick a date for a fresh primary to pick the candidate.

Audu died on Sunday and his death was announced shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governorship poll which was conducted in the state on Saturday inconclusive.

The commission also said that APC was at liberty to replace its late candidate in the race.

According to Odigie-Oyegun, though mourning, APC will go into the meeting in the next few hours to decide a date for a fresh primary to choose another candidate to contest for the number one seat in Kogi.

He said: "the first point I have to make of course is that INEC has made a pronouncement as to the election being inconclusive.

Also read: Presidency rules out fresh governorship election in Kogi

"As at this moment we are yet to get anything in writing from INEC specifying the details of the polling units that are involved.

"These are matters of detail. When we get a formal notification from INEC we will proceed on that point.

"It's in the public space already that the chief law officer of the republic has made his views known on how things should develop from this stage on.

"He 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 implication being that thereafter the supplementary elections to conclude the process of electing a new governor of Kogi state will be put in place.

"So as a party we going to proceed with the process of organising a primary to provide a substitute candidate to the late Abubakar Audu."

The chairman explained that because INEC had also said that the party was at liberty to pick a fresh candidate for the rescheduled election, "that is why we are pressed for time."

"We just got the letter today; we don’t have the luxury of time; we are going to go through a due process to ensure we pick a candidate in a matter of hours.

He added that the running mate to the candidate that would emerge would be a ‘’matter for the electors to decide and the party will respect their decision on who the next running mate will be." 



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