SDP candidate Murtala Ajaka demands suspension of declaration of results

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Social Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kogi State governorship election on Saturday, Murtala Ajaka, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop announcing further election results until it concludes its promised investigation into the irregularities recorded during the year.

Ajaka made the call in a statement by his campaign spokesperson, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, on Sunday.

INEC has declared election results for 20 of the 27 local government areas in the state.

The APC candidate, Ahmed Ododo, has so far polled 424,678 votes, while the SDP candidate polled 221,245 votes.


On Saturday, the commission canceled elections in nine of the 10 wards of Ogori Magongo LGA after it was discovered that their result sheets were already full before accreditation began.

INEC, however, went ahead to compile and announce the outcome of the council without resolving the issue.

Adejoh-Audu said the federal government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did everything possible to ensure a level playing field by almost totally avoiding the threat to the security of the electorate openly orchestrated by the state governor, Yahaya Bello, but which INEC has ousted totally to the people. of the State for its conduct.

“In this regard, we call on INEC to stop announcing the results immediately until it has canceled these areas where its criminal personnel colluded to manipulate the votes in favor of a candidate, as exposed by the IReV.

“The tragedy unfolding at the commission office in Lokoja, called collation and announcement of results, must be dissolved immediately until the credibility of the process is restored.

“We fervently pray that INEC, which should be the guardian of our democracy, will not ultimately be the reason for our citizens to lose faith in the best form of government the world has ever known,” the statement said.

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Previous request

The SDP Collation Agent, David Ehimoni, had on Sunday filed a petition that INEC’s recognition of irregularities, especially in Ogori Magongo, and other LGAs in the central senatorial district, was sufficient reason to suspend the announcement of the results of those areas.

He said it was a contradiction that INEC intervened as it did and yet continued to accept results from the same polling stations where those irregularities were observed.

But INEC issued a statement saying that the suspension of the elections in Ogori Magongo and the suggestion of repeating the elections in the local government area were at the discretion of the returning officer in applying the principle of margin of advantage, currently enjoyed by the APC. by the results declared so far.

The Returning Officer for the elections, Johnson Urama, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in his response to the SDP petition, said INEC would respond appropriately to the party’s petition but that the compilation and declaration of the result would continue. .

Ehimoni continued to push for the suspension of the declaration of results but was opposed by APC and INEC officials.

The margin of advantage of the APC over the SDP is 203,433. The figure far exceeds the total number of annulled votes in Ogori Magongo, which stands at 15,424 (which is the number of those who have collected PVC in the areas).

Read the full text of the SDP campaign spokesperson’s statement

“Against all logic, law and decency, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is rushing forward in announcing the results of an election it has so far voluntarily declared as doubtful and compromised in Kogi State.

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“Suddenly, INEC has turned into an ostrich by pretending that the malpractices it uncovered can simply be ignored and that no one, not even the victims of the electoral robbery, has the right to protest.

“Yesterday, Saturday, November 11, 2023, on the afternoon of election day, INEC announced the cancellation of the polls in Ogori-Magongo after admitting that the process had been undermined. The electoral umpire also suspended the results emerging from Adavi, Ajaokuta, Okehi and Okene LGAs because these results already uploaded on I-rev clearly indicated a scandalous disparity between accredited voters and obviously allotted votes.

“The Commission said it would investigate the results and warned that any result outside the process would not be acceptable.

“We have repeatedly stated our confidence in INEC’s ability to conduct a credible survey and, in line with this belief, we await the outcome of the commission’s investigation.

“But much less than the 24 hours he voluntarily committed to investigate the dubious process in the LGAs, the returning officer of the elections, Professor Johnson Urama claimed, suddenly gathered agents, media and officials at the INEC office in Lokoja and began to announce the results. in such haste that any discerning observer will agree that INEC is bent on imposing a fait accompli on the election candidates by executing a predetermined agenda to announce the APC candidate, Mr. Usman Ododo, who clearly lost, as the winner. this election, with all the facts and figures at our disposal.

“We are shocked that INEC can so blatantly betray the little trust that Nigerians still reserve in it after a series of scandals bordering on electoral robberies and theft in full light of the wishes of the people.

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“How on earth can a commission that is legally empowered to cancel results proven to have arisen from excessive voting rush to embrace and reward what is an electoral crime?

“It is clear from I-rev that the total results of 268,390 emerging from Adavi, Okehi and Okene are clearly above the total number of BVA accreditations which stands at 94,233! The votes here obviously almost doubled.

“The votes here obviously almost doubled. The same sloppy heist occurred in Ajaokuta and part of Bassa LGA. INEC has the record. The whole world is also aware of this record.

“The Federal Government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did everything possible to ensure a level playing field by almost completely avoiding the threat to the security of the electorate openly orchestrated by the state governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello, but INEC has completely thrown out the people of Kogi State to the situation. mourning for his behavior.

In this regard, we call on INEC to stop announcing the results immediately until it has canceled those areas where its criminal personnel colluded to manipulate the votes in favor of a candidate, as exposed by the I-rev.

“The tragedy unfolding at the commission office in Lokoja, called collation and announcement of results, must be dissolved immediately until the credibility of the process is restored.

“We fervently pray that INEC, which should be the guardian of our democracy, will not ultimately be the reason our citizens lose faith in the best form of government the world has ever known.”

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