- The results of the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency bye-election have been rejected by the Peoples Democratic Party
- The party alleges that the election, which was held on Saturday, August 11, was not free and fair
- Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Haruna Isah, won the election by polling 26, 860 votes
The Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi state has rejected the results of the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency bye-election held on Saturday, August 11.
Punch reports that the state PDP chairman, Sam Ohuetu, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Sunday, August 12, where he alleged that the election was neither free nor fair.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ohuetu insisted that the election was marred by violence, snatching of ballot boxes and vote-buying.
According to him key officials of the Kogi state government who were not indigenes or voters in the constituency were seen intimidating and harassing the electorate with thugs and personnel of security agencies.
He said: “Accredited voters were not allowed to vote as armed thugs shot sporadically into the air after accreditation, forcing the electorate to flee. This was widespread in Osuku in the Kotonkarfe area of the federal constituency. ”
Ohuetu said the party was already drafting a petition to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Haruna Isah, was declared the winner of Saturday, August 11 bye-election for the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency.
INEC's returning officer, Professor Rotimi Ajayi, announced the outcome of the exercise in the early hours of Sunday, August 12 at the local government INEC Headquarter in Lokoja.
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