INEC Suspends Election in Parts of Kogi as Allegations of Malpractices Spread

INEC Suspends Election in Parts of Kogi as Allegations of Malpractices Spread

Contrary to widely help believe that the governorship election in Kogi state would be violent, the exercise went on largely peaceful but rocked by pockets of allegations of malpractices by major contenders, with the Independent National Electoral Commission suspending elections in some wards . Eighteen political parties took part in the election. They are the

Contrary to widely help believe that the governorship election in Kogi state would be violent, the exercise went on largely peaceful but rocked by pockets of allegations of malpractices by major contenders, with the Independent National Electoral Commission suspending elections in some wards .

Eighteen political parties took part in the election. They are the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Labour Party (LP) and the Action Alliance (AA).

There were allegations of pre-filled election results as well as missing election results in other places. Some of the perpetrators were apprehended and different videos of different infractions dominated the social media.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Kogi State governorship election, Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, raised an alarm over the alleged disappearance of the Independent National Electoral Commission officials in the Olamaboro area of Kogi State.

Ajaka also raised the alarm over missing result sheets in the Ogori area of the state and alleged that the Chairman of Igalamela Local Government Area, who was reportedly caught with a huge amount of money meant for vote-buying, had been freed by security agents.


SUSPENSION OF ELECTION IN SOME LOCATIONS IN KOGI STATE

In a statement, INEC said:
“The Commission has received reports from our officials in Kogi State on incidences of electoral malpractices, particularly the incident of result sheets completed before voting.

“Reports indicate that the incidents occurred in Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ogori/Magongo, Okehi and Okene Local Government Areas. The most serious incidents occurred in Ogori/Magongo, affecting nine of 10 Registration Areas.

“This is entirely unacceptable. Any result not emanating from the Commission’s process in the Polling Units will not be accepted.

“The Commission is determined not to reward bad behaviour. Consequently, the election in the nine Wards in Ogori/Magongo LGA (Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben and Oturu) is at this moment suspended. The incidences in the other Local Government Areas are being thoroughly investigated, and the outcome, including the way forward, will be announced in the next 24 hours.

“Meanwhile, as the processes continue, we follow the audit trail of personnel and materials to ascertain those who may have been complicit in undermining the process. We have a record of all officials deployed at various levels as supervisors, monitors, technical staff or polling unit officials and all election materials issued to them. Appropriate sanctions will be applied where necessary.

“The Commission assures voters in Kogi State that their votes are protected, and their wishes will be respected” INEC said in a statement by Mohammed Kudu Haruna, the National Commissioner & Member, Information and Voter Education Committee.

INEC statement on Kogi

In another development, the governorship candidate of Action Alliance party,Olayinka Braimoh, was arrested by Security agencies on Saturday along with his security detail in Kabba in Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of the state, his media aide said.

Security operatives reportedly arrested him and seven of his security details after they claimed to have found campaign materials in his car.

There were apprehensions when his aides and party officials could not reach him on the phone, sparking fears of a possible kidnap.

Speaking from Iyamoye, Ijumu LGA in the morning, his media aide, Musa Yakubu said, “The last time I heard from him was in the morning when he called from Kabba town, but all attempts to get through to him since that time proved abortive.

Senator Dino Melaye, Peoples Democratic party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kogi state, has called for the cancellation of elections in five local governments in Kogi state because elections did not hold there.

Senator Melaye, however, addressed journalists in his house around 2:15 pm. claimed that the election was fraught with irregularities.

In some of the polling units, one of the leading political parties was alleged to be luring potential voters with five thousand naira, a measure popularly called ‘kongo’ of rice and textile material while another popular party in the state allegedly offered three thousand naira only.

The agents stationed themselves about 500 meters away from polling units, from where they gave money to voters to lure them to vote for their candidates.

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