Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state has gone to the election petition tribunal to lodge his complaint against the recently concluded governorship election in the state. Wada believes that the tribunal will bring to an end the confusion surrounding the governorship polls.
Wada made this disclosure at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the government House, Lokoja, yesterday, December 9, He said the tribunal will decide on if it’s legal to have two candidates in the course of election and if a person’s votes could be transferred to another.
He disclosed that his decision to challenge the result of the election is not personal but it’s aimed at seeking proper interpretation of the law and relevant sections of the constitution and the Electoral Act in connection with the election.
He said: “We are contesting the election in court on the basis of malpractices and also issues regarding the application of the law, the constitution and the Electoral Act. It is not a personal thing. It is purely a legal issue and we need those relevant sections of our electoral laws to be properly interpreted in view of the unique incidents that happened in connection with this election.
“We believe that posterity has entrusted this responsibility on our party to seek interpretation of these issues. As a person, I do not have problems with anyone. I am a peace loving person but the issue at stake is a constitutional one that must be given attention for the sake of posterity.
“As my tenure winds up on January 27, 2016, I have already constituted a transition committee to ensure smooth handover of power. This is our obligation as a government. However, with the Governorship Election Tribunal already in place, we shall soon be going before them to ask germane questions.
“As far as the law is concerned, we have not seen where it was written that a person’s votes can be transferred to another. We are sure of victory.”
Meanwhile the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)on December 9, presented certificate of return to Kogi state Kogi state governor elect Alh. Yahaya Bello. The unforseen situation caused by the death of the initial flag bearer of the All Progressives Progress, Alhaji Abubakar Audu has created many unanswered questions as to what the stand of the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act is.