Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, has raised the alarm over alleged plot by people it described as anti-democratic forces to upturn the Kogi Central Senatorial district rerun election result which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared inconclusive.
National Chairman of PPA, Chief Peter Ameh, stated yesterday in Abuja during a chat with journalists that the party would resist any attempt to declare any other political party winner of the election, when the body constituted by law to declare outcome of elections had already declared it inconclusive.
Chief Ameh recalled that the Saturday’s rerun election which was held in Kogi State senatorial district did not have a winner, as the returning officer, Mr. Salihu James had declared the election inconclusive following the cancellation of over 20,000 votes, which affected the entire Otutu ward; two polling units at Upogoro in Okene Local Government Area; and in Karaworo, Eresuha and Inozomi wards in Adavi Local Government Area, owing to alleged electoral malpractices.
It would be recalled that in declaring the election results, the returning officer, Mr. Salihu James announced that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Hon Ahmed Salau Ogembe scored 45,468 votes, while the PPA candidate, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi, got 31,163 votes and the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Dr. Moses Wakili scored 9,962 votes.
The PPA national chairman insisted that the party would have won the election out rightly as the bulk of the areas where the elections was cancelled was the party’s strongholds. He said that even though the party is still considering its position on the cancellation of results in its strongholds, it would however not fold its arms and allow anti-democratic forces using some officials of INEC to subvert the will of the people by declaring a winner in what was clearly an inconclusive outcome.
While hailing the performance of the national chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, in his efforts to reposition the electoral body, he however decried the activities of few INEC officials who readily make themselves available to be used by unscrupulous politicians.
Speaking on the 22 vacant state electoral commissioners position at INEC, Chief Ameh urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to quickly fill the vacant positions to enhance the works of the electoral body.


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