28th November, 2015
The drama of who replaces the late Abubakar Audu as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi state has been put to rest after the party named Yahaya Bello on Saturday.
The national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who was in Kogi announced the decision of the party to pick Bello who came second in the primary.
James Faleke who was running mate of late Audu will keep his place as deputy to Bello.
Reacting to the choice of Bello, Dr Tom Ohikere, head of media, Abubakar Audu/James Faleke Campaign Organisation, described the decision to replace the late Audu with Bello, who came second in the primary as “illegal and moral burden” on Oyegun and other members of the national working committee.
The late Prince Audu, who was waiting to be declared the winner of the governorship election, was instead declared dead.
Audu, from the results declared by the INEC, from the 21 local councils in the state, had won 16 and was clearly ahead of the PDP opponent and incumbent, Idris Wada.
But INEC declared the election inconclusive, despite projections by the media that he had won. A lesson to the media not to project election results again.
According to results declared by the Returning Officer, Emmanuel Kucha (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi), Audu scored 240,867 while Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party garnered 199,514 votes.
Mr. Kucha said the margin of votes between Messrs Audu and Wada is 41,353.
And he declared that the election was inconclusive because the total number of registered voters in 91 polling units, in 18 local government areas where election was cancelled is 49,953.
He said by INEC guideline, no return could be made for the election until supplementary election is held in areas where election was cancelled.
The supplementary election holds next Saturday, 5 December.