Hundreds of women besieged the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, head office in Kogi State, protesting the declaration of the November 21 governorship election as ‘inconclusive’.
Clad in black attires, the women, who carried placards with different inscriptions, sat strategically at the entrance of the INEC office, vowing not to leave until their demand is addressed by the commission.
Because of the already tensed situation occasioned by the ‘inconclusive’ poll, a detachment of policemen from the state police headquarters kept close watch to forestall breakdown of order during the protest.
The protesters, who came along with foodstuffs like garri, water and other food items, accused INEC of plunging Kogi State into political crisis and uncertainty
by declaring the victory of Prince Abubakar Audu and James
Abiodun Faleke of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as inconclusive.
Spokesperson of the protesters, Mrs. Folashade Joseph, said INEC created the problem and must hasten to resolve it.
“We are here to register a protest about INEC’s declaration that the election was inconclusive and to let them know that they are the ones that have created this problem. INEC wants to deliberately set Kogi on fire, for reasons best known to
“We have over 2,400 polling units. We do not understand why INEC will say ‘an election is inconclusive in 91 polling units that had issues. According to the electoral body, registered voters are only 49,000 out of the over 500,000 people that voted in the state, and out of this 49,000, only 28,000 have PVCs which means the votes expected cannot be more than 28,000.
“APC is leading with over 41,000 votes which shows that the party was victorious in the election and INEC should have announced APC the winner,” she said.
She added that the commission has treated Kogi State very unfairly and is responsible for the various factions that has come up in the APC; saying the election they intend to conduct on Saturday is a mere waste of time and resources.
“We are going to sit here until INEC does the right thing and announce Audu/Faleke as winners; they won for the APC and have a joint ticket. We are calling on well-meaning Nigerians and the president who is our father, to wade in, so that the right thing can be done,” she stressed.
The state INEC chairman, Alilu Pai, sympathised with the women, saying the commission is merely following the law, just as he promised to forward their grievances to the appropriate authority.
Equally, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, commended the protesters for the peaceful and matured way they carried out their protest, assuring them that the issue concerned will be addressed by the appropriate authority.
The police boss advised them to leave the INEC premises having expressed their grievances, saying it is at the verge of receiving sensitive materials for the Saturday supplementary election and their presence is not required while the materials are being received for security reasons.

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