The possibility of using the November 16 governorship election to conduct a fresh election for the Kogi West senatorial district will be explored by INEC
– Mohammed Haruna, who is the INEC national commissioner in charge of Kogi, Nasarawa and Kwara states, dropped the hint in Lokoja on Friday, October 11
– The Court Appeal judgment nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye and ordered INEC to conduct fresh election within 90 days of its judgment
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will explore the possibility of using the November 16 governorship election to conduct a fresh election for the Kogi West senatorial district.
The INEC national commissioner in charge of Kogi, Nasarawa and Kwara states, Mohammed Haruna, dropped the hint in Lokoja on Friday, October 11, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Legit.ng gathers that while fielding questions from newsmen on the Court Appeal judgment nullifying the election of Senator Dino Melaye, Haruna said that since the governorship election was still 34 days away, there was possibility for the election to hold same day.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja nullified the election of PDP’s Melaye and ordered INEC to conduct fresh election within 90 days of its judgment.
The judgment was on the petition filed by Senator Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 26 election.
The INEC national commissioner was in Lokoja for a workshop on fake news organised for media executives, journalists and bloggers by the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) in collaboration with INEC.
Haruna told the participants to be wary of fake news and its implications, saying that unverified news should not be allowed space.
He also enjoined them to support INEC to institute credible electoral process in the country.
On concern in some quarters on the possible manipulation of the card reading machine by unscrupulous politicians, the national commissioner dismissed it as “practically impossible’’.
He also assured that the commission would allow a level playing ground for all candidates in the election, but appealed to them to play the game according to rules.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the victory of Dino Melaye as the senator of Kogi West was on Friday, October 11, nullified by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
Delivering the verdict, Justice Yahaya Dantijo, the head of a three-member panel of the court, affirmed the earlier judgment of the election petition tribunal which had set aside Melaye’s victory.