INEC Office Burnt In Kogi Ahead Of Tomorrow Supplementary Election

The Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State, Nigeria has been razed. Tomorrow is the date set for supplementary election to hold in the state. There have been tension within the All Progressive Congress over the choice a governorship candidate after the demise of the party’s flag-bearer for the governorship election. No reason have been given for the fire outbreak.

The Governor of the state who is also the Peoples Democratic Candidate in the state said in a broadcast;

“You will recall that shortly before the polls, I made a broadcast in which I encouraged all our people to perform their civic responsibilities and vote the candidate of their choice. I urged you all to be of peaceful conduct during and after the Governorship elections.

“As fate will have it, on the night of Sunday, November 22nd, I had to make another broadcast on the very sad and sudden demise of a former Governor of our state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu. May his Soul rest in Peace.

“Understandably, the unfortunate event of his loss and the declaration of the governorship election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has thrown our state into deep uncertainties and apprehensions.

” To enable it complete the process, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ordered for a supplementary poll in 91 polling units across 18 Local Government Areas of the state. The events of the last one week have therefore combined to put our state on the edge. Indeed, these are trying times for democracy in our state and country.

“However, we must never loose track of the fact that we are all brothers and sisters, hence, the need to preserve the peace for which our people have been known over the years.

“My administration believes in the rule of law and the ability of the judiciary to do justice. I have therefore approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, for the resolution of the present stalemate. Judgment is expected to be delivered by the Court on Friday, 4th December, 2015.

“The Nigerian judiciary has shown itself as the last hope of the common man. I therefore urge you all, to remain calm, orderly and law abiding as we await the decision of the Court. All our people across party lines and Senatorial Zones must remain peaceful. Nobody should contemplate taking the laws into their hands.

“The Security Agencies will not hesitate to deal with anyone or group who may attempt any actions that may breach the peace and security of our state.

“At the end of the day, I have no doubt that the current Kogi experience will enhance jurisprudence and democracy in Nigeria”.

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