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Kogi Assembly Polls: PDP calls for fresh election in six constituencies

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in six state assembly constituencies where Saturday elections were declared inconclusive.
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Alhaji Hassan Salau, the state PDP chairman who made the call at a news conference on Tuesday said that the party would challenge the results of Okene I, Ankpa II and others where INEC declared APC as winners at the tribunal.

According to Salau, the state constituencies in dispute are Ofu, Ajaokuta, Koton-Karfe, Dekina II, Olamaboro, and Lokoja 11 Constituencies adding that election in Dekina I scuttled.

He urged INEC to uphold the results of the four wards in Ejule, Ofu constituency, Lokoja II units 069, 011 and others where Form EC8C revealed that PDP was leading adding that such units could not be declared inconclusive.

The PDP chairman however declared that the Saturday Assembly election was mar with “imperfections and infractions orchestrated by thugs loyal to the APC” saying that the APC was the aggressor in the election.

He said that the PDP was coasting to victory in Dekina I and II constituencies when “like thunder in the dry season” the APC stormed the polling units and disrupted the exercise.

“In Dekina/Biraidu constituency (Dekina I), accreditation and voting had successfully taken place in this constituency. Collation of results at the units and wards level was also substantially concluded.

“However collation of results at the constituency level was under way when APC thugs disrupted it. Luckily, available results from the units and the wards showed that PDP was in clear lead.

“We strongly demand that since results from the field indicate that PDP was coasting to victory, our candidate should promptly be declared as winners”, Salau said.

NAN recalls that the APC had earlier accused the PDP of colluding with INEC to use fake ballot papers to rig the election adding that PDP disrupted the elections in constituencies where they knew they would lose.

Mal. Sheidu Ibrahim, chairman of APC Media and Publicity sub-committee and Mr Patrick Ojogbane, the APC Returning Officer for Dekina II at different fora had alleged complicity on the part of PDP and also urged INEC to urgently fix a date for fresh polls in affected areas.

Meanwhile, INEC has so far declared election PDP winner of 12 seats; APC, seven and six inconclusive of the 25 state legislative assembly seats in the state.

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