Kogi: Wada Ask Court To Declare Him Winner As Candidate With The Highest Votes Alive
Amidst the intrigues thrown up by the death pf the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kogi State and the conduct of a supplementary election on December 5, Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has asked the court to declare him the winner of the election.
It was learnt, yesterday, that Governor Wada approached the Federal High Court in Lokoja asking to be declared winner on the claim that he is the candidate with the highest number of votes alive.
According to sources privy to the court action, Wada is arguing that the difference in votes between him and Philip Salawu, the Labour Party candidate is more than 49,000 and as such there should be no supplementary election.
Wada, it was further gathered, argued that INEC would not have considered a supplementary or a re-run election had it been that it was the candidate that took third or fourth that died.
Meanwhile, INEC officials, yesterday, waited in vain for the APC to present a substitute. The NWC meeting of the APC scheduled for, yesterday, to deliberate on the issue could not hold.
The national chairman of the party, Chief Odigie-Oyegun cited the burial of Mrs. Awolowo as the reason noting that many NWC members were at the burial.
“The meeting did not hold again today. Almost all of those who were supposed to be part of the meeting are not around. They are all attending the burial of Late Chief Mrs. Awolowo. The meeting is likely to take place on Thursday afternoon,” Odigie-Oyegun said.