Supporters of the Kogi State deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Faleke are threatening court action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring last Saturday’s election inconclusive.
The supporters rose from their meeting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Wednesday, 25th November, 2015, and accused INEC of ambushing the people’s will by declaring an election that had produced a clear winner inconclusive.
Their spokesmen, Messrs Achama Matthew and Mohammed Abdulahi, said the fresh primaries being proposed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to feel the vacuum created by the unfortunate death of the party’s standard bearer at the poll, Prince Abubakar Audu, was unnecessary.
According to a communique signed by the duo of Matthew and Abdulahi, last Saturday’s election was conclusive and won by the Audu/Faleke ticket.
Relying on information, they said only 32, 785 out of the 49, 953 registered voters in the polling units where INEC has scheduled to hold the December 5 supplementary election have the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The communiqué reads: “INEC should be courageous to declare Audu/Faleke as the winner of the election. With 240, 867 votes, Audu was leading his closest rival and incumbent Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 199, 514 with 41,353 votes.
“From our record, not all the 49,953 registered voters in areas where INEC has scheduled to hold supplementary election have PVCs. Only 32, 785 eligible voters have the PVCs in the 18 council areas. This outstanding votes would still not give the PDP victory even if they all go to the PDP.
“So, even if they all cast their ballot for the PDP, the APC would still be leading with 8,528 votes. That is in the worst scenario. The APC, which have its spread in 16 local government areas have its supporters all over the state. The votes would be shared.
“We feel that INEC should be bold enough to do its calculation very well and do the needful. The APC won the November 21 election squarely. There is point for a pupil who had passed an examination to repeat class. A party should be saved the agony of going through a process that had produced a winning team.
“What the electoral umpire has done amount to aborting the people’s will as expressed in the ballot of last Saturday. It is like attempting an abortion after the baby had been birthed. It won’t work.
“As law abiding party members, we will join issues with INEC if the body fails to declare the election conclusive announce the APC candidates as the winner of the November 21 governorship poll.”
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC is billed to meet today to take a stand on INEC’s request that it replaces the vacuum created by the demise of Prince Audu.