Natasha Akpoti, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the results of the state’s governorship election conducted in Kogi Central and parts of Lokoja, the state capital.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Akpoti demanded that the election in both aforementioned areas be cancelled and a rerun be held on the grounds that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election”.
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The statement read: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.
“Our agents were chased away from the various polling units of the Kogi Central Senatorial District.”
According to Akpoti, these incidents were enough to make INEC take drastic action.
“I am therefore calling on you and in line with your powers as enshrined in the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended to cancel the election in Kogi Central Senatorial District and some part of Lokoja and order for a rerun,” she said.
Saturday’s governorship election had been marked by reports of violence, thuggery, harassment and intimidation with INEC condemning those incidents.