The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will conduct the Kogi State supplementary governorship election on December 5.

A statement by the electoral body said elections would hold in the 91 affected polling units, as announced by the Returning Officer.

The INEC said it had been notified by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of the death of its governorship candidate in the November 21 election.

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According to the electoral body, the APC would be required to fill the vacancy created by the death of its candidate, Mr Abubakar Audu, who was leading in the election declared inconclusive.

News about Mr Audu’s death filtered in on Sunday the same day the election was declared inconclusive.

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Mr Audu was buried on Monday in his country home, Ogbonicha in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

After election results from the 21 local government areas were collated on Sunday, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Abubakar Audu, was leading while the incumbent Governor, Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) trailed by a margin less than the number of cancelled votes.

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The candidate of the APC had 240,867 votes while that of the PDP got 199,514 votes.

The commission said 49,953 votes were canceled, which was higher than the margin between the leading candidate and the runner-up. It then declared the election inconclusive.

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