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More troubles for INEC as Faleke claims victory in Kogi polls

27 November 2015, 12:16

Abuja - The controversy generated over the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare last Saturday’s Kogi Governorship election inconclusive shows no sign of abating.

The crisis, which was triggered by the death of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the election, Abubakar Audu has taken a new dimension, reports Vanguard.

Audu’s running mate in the election, James Faleke has formally asked INEC to declare him winner of the election and name him governor-elect.

Also read: 27 candidates jostle to replace Audu

Faleke said the baton should constitutionally and logically be his as the score announced by  commission was for the Audu/Faleke ticket.

Faleke in the letter to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, said the commission’s directive to his party to go and conduct another primary election to nominate its candidate for the supplementary election in 91 polling units is unfounded, both legally and constitutionally.

He noted that in law and logic, no new candidate can inherit or be a beneficiary of the votes already cast, counted and declared by INEC before that candidate was nominated and purportedly sponsored.

Read more at Vanguard.

- News 24


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