Kogi election impasse: Wada begins court battle

Kogi election impasse: Wada begins court battle

Monday, November 30, 2015 11:30 pm


Gov Wada: goes to court

Gov Wada: goes to court

As anticipated, a titanic legal battle will begin tomorrow to resolve the constitutional issues thrown up by the sudden death of  Prince Abubakar Audu, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the inconclusive election held in Kogi state on 21 November.

First to hit the court is the PDP candidate and the incumbent governor, Idris Wada.

On Tuesday,a  Federal High Court, Abuja will begin hearing  in the suit filed last Thursday by Wada and his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in which they seek to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Wada winner of the inconclusive governorship election held in the state on November 21.

INEC, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are listed as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants.

It is Wada’s contention that in view of the death of the candidate of the APC, Abubakar Audu,  it was incumbent on INEC to declare him winner of the election, which INEC declared inconclusive.

He hinged his argument on the ground that he was the only surviving candidate with the majority of lawful votes cast in election held on 21st November 2015.

He also asked the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him with a Certificate of Return.

Wada and the PDP also filed another application praying the court to restrain INEC from conducting the December 5th supplementary election.

Read more in The Nation:  Wada and PDP

 


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