PDP Reject INEC’s Declaration of Yahaya Bello as Kogi State Governor-Elect (Statement)

The said , in a bid to satisfy the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, succeeded only in making a mockery of itself and the entire elector*l process, by trying to illegally install an individual as the governor.

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The Peoples Democratic Party () National Publicity Secretary, , in a statement on Sunday said  it is “a waste of time, scarce national resources and ridiculous shadow-chasing”, the action of the *l Commission () in declaring , the candidate of the All Progressives Congress () who, it said, did not participate in the overall election, as .
We reported it here that announced Mr. Bello as the governor elect of Kogi after he won the supplementary election held Saturday in 19 polling units.
The said INEC, in a “bid to satisfy the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government”, succeeded only in making a mockery of itself and the entire elector*l process, by trying to illegally install an individual who, apart from not being a valid candidate, scored, under his name, a paltry 6885 vote in the so-called supplementary election as against the 204,877 votes polled by the PDP candidate, , in the overall election.
“The action of INEC in trying to transfer the votes earlier garnered by the dead APC candidate, Audu Abubakar, to another individual is completely impractical and alien to the nation’s Constitution and the Elector*l Act.

The declaration by INEC that one polled the highest number of votes is an embarra$$ing travesty of the nation’s democracy and elector*l process. Not only that this individual is not in any way a valid candidate in the election, he also did not score the overall votes declared against his name by INEC and cannot be declared winner under any circumstance within the provisions of our laws.

The provisions of the constitution and the elector*l act are clear to the effect that with the unfortunate death of before the conclusion of the election, and the fact that the laws do not permit the replacement of candidates once the balloting has commenced, the APC crashed out of the race, leaving the PDP candidate, as the clear winner, having garnered 204,877 votes to top all other contestants since, Prince Abubakar, the hitherto leading contestant died with his votes.

It is therefore unfortunate that INEC disregarded the provisions of the Constitution and the Elector*l Act, which left it with no other legitimate option than to declare the governor-elect. Instead, it went ahead to preside over a charade, for which it is now attempting to illicitly handover the vote cast for a dead man to another person, who did not participate in the overall election.

We all, including INEC and the APC know that nothing other than declaring Governor Idris Wada winner of the election fulfils the requirements of the law under the circumstance. APC cannot have two candidates in one election and the bitter in-fighting within their fold shows the absurdity of INEC’s decision in that regard. Indeed, we remain shocked that INEC could elect to create such embarra$$ing and inciting setting just to show its ‘friendship’ with the ruling government.

Our advise to the APC, and their co-travellers in illegality is that theirs is a mere pipe dream as remains validly elected within the dictates of our laws under the circumstance.

Finally, we charge all our members and supporters to remain calm and resist all provocations from the APC, which is now seeking the opportunity to trigger violence in the face of their misfortune, especially as the law will soon take the centre stage, right the wrong created by INEC and declare winner.”

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