Monday, 13 November 2023 04:52

It’s waste of time going to court to contest Kogi’s rigged election, runner-up candidate says

Rate this item
(0 votes)

Governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, Murtala Ajaka, has alleged irregularities in Saturday’s election.

Ajaka said he won’t challenge the outcome of the poll in court if he loses as it would be a waste of time.

Speaking on Channels TV’s ‘The 2023 Verdict: Off-Cycle Elections,’ Ajaka had claimed that the election was rigged with the support of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“In the whole of the five local governments in central, the whole of the five local governments in central, there was no election anywhere. They wrote results. Result sheets were given to Yahaya Bello

“In Okene local government, they turned out over 130,000 votes, haba! And INEC accepted that result and what is on the BVAS is less than 30,000.

“With all due respect to the person of the INEC chairman, if they don’t do a checklist and investigate their officials that went to Kogi State and allow this to stand, I doubt if there will be election in 2027.

“Because people will go into that election armed and I fear Somalia will be a child’s play.

“If we knew it would be the same old music, we would have played along with that old music by inflating the results from my area.

“When the commission told us yesterday that they were looking into this case, we were hopeful, that is why everybody relaxed. Only for them now to collate these results. It is annoying. Three local governments are producing 230,000-something votes,” he said,

When asked why he was agitated since he had evidence to prove that the election was rigged, Ajaka said, “What am I going to court to do when the same INEC that did this is going to come as a witness to defend what they did? So it is a waste of time. Except the party people because I’m hugely disappointed. If the INEC chairman allows this to stand, they are looking for trouble in Nigeria.

“You gave me assurance that the election would be transparent, you allowed me to waste my time, spend my money, mobilise my people, only for you to write the results. Even if I’m not sad about it, you expect my supporters to be happy. I assure you if they allow this to stand as they are allowing in all the states now, they are calling for anarchy in this country.”

Meanwhile, INEC has ordered fresh elections in some wards in Kogi State as a result of irregularities.

Following some pre-filled result sheets which went into circulation while voting was ongoing, INEC had suspended elections across nine wards and said further communication would be made.

In a statement on Sunday, Mohammed Haruna, a National Commissioner, said fresh elections would hold in the affected areas.

 

Daily Trust

March 05, 2024

Want to hire good employees? Look for 4 positive work traits

Hiring the wrong person is costly on every front: money, time, energy, and the well-being…
February 26, 2024

Afenifere opposes curtailing Yorubas’ right to protest against Tinubu's harsh economic policies

PRESS RELEASE Afenifere has distanced itself from the call by some renegade Afenifere members for…
March 02, 2024

I’ll tell you the secret of cancer - Caitlin Flanagan

It’s been almost 20 years since my diagnosis, and I’ve learned quite a bit. Are…
March 02, 2024

Man tries to hide stolen horse in his third-floor apartment

A 19-year-old man faces three months to five years in prison for stealing a horse…
March 05, 2024

Banks enable 70 percent of financial crimes in Nigeria - EFCC

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Monday, indicted banks as being linked to about 70…
March 05, 2024

Here’s the latest as Israel-Hamas war enters Day 151

UN envoy says 'reasonable grounds' to believe Hamas committed sexual violence on Oct. 7 The…
March 03, 2024

Scientists may have finally solved the mystery of consciousness. Their discoveries are troubling

Throughout history, attempts by mere mortals to plumb the inner recesses of the soul have…
March 02, 2024

Super Eagles coach Peseiro leaves at end of contract

Nigeria's Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro said on Friday he had left the job only weeks…

NEWSSCROLL TEAM: 'Sina Kawonise: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief; Prof Wale Are Olaitan: Editorial Consultant; Femi Kawonise: Head, Production & Administration; Afolabi Ajibola: IT Manager;
Contact Us: [email protected] Tel/WhatsApp: +234 811 395 4049

Copyright © 2015 - 2024 NewsScroll. All rights reserved.