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Kogi: Court Okays Saturday’s Supplementary Poll, Strikes out Wada’s, Faleke’s Suits

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the go-ahead to conduct tomorrow’s supplementary election in Kogi State.

The court struck out the separate suits instituted by the governor of the state, Captain Idris Wada (rtd), and Hon. James Faleke, the running mate to the late governorship candidate of the party in the November 21 governorship poll in the state.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the court declined jurisdiction in the suits, declaring only the election petitions tribunal can entertain such requests.

In their separate suits, both Wada and Faleke were seeking to be declared as the Governor-elect following the death of Audu who was leading in the results of the election before he suddenly died.

INEC had declared the election inconclusive and fixed supplementary election in 91 polling stations across the state for tomorrow, December 5.

Meanwhile, some unknown thugs have set on fire Kogi INEC office in Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State has been set ablaze by yet to be identified persons.

The office was set ablaze alongside the sensitive materials for the Dec. 5 governorship supplementary election in 91 polling units across 18 local government councils.

Dekina Local Government is one of the councils where the supplementary election will hold.

Reacting to the incident, the state Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Mallam Halilu Pai, confirmed the burning of the office at about 2 am and said that the development would not affect the forthcoming election.

He said the burnt election materials were being replaced immediately while INEC had also relocated to a temporary office in the same Dekina.

“We will not succumb to the undemocratic antics of some few, replacement of the election materials are already on the way . The election will go on as scheduled,” Pai said.

 

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