Incompleteness of Nigerian Constitution Puts INEC Into Confusion Over Kogi State Governorship Election

Nigerian Law is helpless in this case except the Supreme Court interferes in the interim. This is indeed a delicate matter. Unfortunately it did not work out well for the executioner.
Abubakar Audu
Confusion is everywhere now in the camp of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the constitutional logjam emanating from the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi State.

Though he won the election but due to the 91 polling units that were cancelled, the election was declared inconclusive.

ABA IS GOOD ONLINE MAGAZINE gathered that Prince Abubakar Audu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) scored a total vote 240,867 against his opponent, Governor Idris Wada of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who polled a total vote 199,514 as declared by the Returning Officer, Emmanuel Kucha.

Responding to newsmen in Lokoja, a top official of INEC lamented that his commission is in a “deep state of confusion”.

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 “I can tell you that everyone is confused,” the official said, asking not to be named because he had no authority to make that disclosure to the media.

“We don’t know how to proceed at this point. We have been consulting extensively, but we have been unable to reach any conclusion.”

“Several meetings have been held here but no conclusion has been reached.”

When Ozaze Uzzi, the Director of Voters’ Education and Publicity of INEC was contacted, it was confirmed that no final conclusion has been made whether to continue the conduct of the election in those areas that were canceled or not since the candidate is dead.

Mr Ozaze Uzzi promised that they will be able to reach a good conclusion within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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Unfortunately, the incompleteness of the Nigerian Constitution is what will likely hamper the smooth activity of the electoral commission. As we report now, there is yet no provision in Nigerian Constitution as to what will happen should a governorship candidate die before election is concluded.

However, legal experts are of divergent opinions on the matter. While some are suggesting that the running mate of Abubakar Audu of the APC be made the guber candidate, others are saying it is unconstitutional.

Although it is the Supreme Court that has the finally say, but in your opinion, what do you think should be done in this delicate case? Drop your opinion in the comment box below.

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