KOGI IN THE NEWS: Supplementary election, New primary election to hold


Kogi state is the toast of all other state of the Federation whit chains of events that rocked it within the past week. it started with the November 21st gubernatorial election, to the death of a political colossus, to the tagging of the elections as “inconclusive” and the plan for a fresh primary election within the APC and so many others.



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that a supplementary gubernatorial election for Kogi State will be held on December 5th 2015 for 91 polling stations affected by irregularities, according to INEC Resident Commissioners as contained in a press release signed by the commission’s secretary, Mrs. Augustina Ogakwu


The statement released by INEC also said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must fill the vacancy left by Mr. Audu, and that the campaign for all 22 political parties in the State will continue for the 91 polling units affected. 

While the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said the All Progressive Congress would have to substitute its candidate for the purpose of the supplementary elections in Kogi.

Mr. Malami spoke in Abuja on Tuesday on the backdrop of the political stalemate created by the sudden death of the APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, before the election was declared inconclusive.

The AGF, who was a guest of honour at a seminar organised by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, said INEC would conclude the election as scheduled.

He also cleared the air that there would be no need for a fresh election in the state as being canvassed by a section of political and judicial analysts.

The minister was, however, silent on whether or not the APC should present Mr. Audu’s running mate, Abiodun Faleke, as the automatic replacement for the election.



Consequently, Addressing journalists at the party’s national Secretariat in Abuja, the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, said delegates to the last primaries – which saw the emergence of the late candidate – would determine who becomes the candidate.

On the fate of Mr. Audu’s running-mate, James Faleke, the APC national chairman said it would be decided after conducting fresh primary election.

“As a party, we are going to proceed with process of organising primaries to provide a substitute candidate for the late Abubakar Audu,” the party chairman declared.