Kogi election: PDP has 2 cards to play while Governor Wada heads to court

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party held a meeting on Wednesday night, to discuss their course of action regarding the Kogi governorship election.

The opposition party is dissatisfied with the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, to allow the All Progressives Congress, conduct a fresh primary election to choose a replacement for the deceased candidate, Audu Abubakar.

Consequently, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, chaired a meeting which had in attendance, members of the National Working Committee, members of the Board of Trustees, BoT and some state governors.

The meeting was convened to determine possible ways to disqualify APC from the December 5 supplementary elections in Kogi state, owing to the death of its candidate.

 

At the meeting, which was hosted by Governor Segun Mimiko at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, two options were arrived at.

Vanguard reports that the first option is for the opposition party to go to court to remove the APC from the governorship contest on the basis that it no longer had a valid ticket of a governorship candidate and a deputy governorship candidate in the supplementary election.

The second option is to pressure INEC to declare the PDP’s candidate, Governor Idris Wada as winner of the election, owing to the fact that he earned the second highest number of votes, and as such, should be declared the winner because he’s the only candidate with a valid ticket after the completion of the election.

Meanwhile, Governor Wada, has petitioned the Federal High Court in Lokoja, to declare him the winner of the governorship election of November 21.

Wada based his argument on the fact that he’s the living candidate, with the highest number of votes.

According to the governor, the difference in votes between him and Philip Salawu, the Labour Party candidate is more than 49,000 and therefore, a supplementary election is not necessary.

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