BREAKING NEWS: Kogi Central Tribunal Invalidates APC’s Win, Declares Natasha as Winner

Tribunal Nullifies Kogi Central Senatorial Election Results: Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan Declared Winner

In a landmark decision, the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal recently nullified the victory of Sen. Abubakar Ohere as the winner of the Kogi Central senatorial election. The tribunal, led by Justice K. A. Orjiako, delivered a unanimous judgment that has sent shockwaves through the political landscape. The verdict not only exposes electoral irregularities but also underscores the importance of upholding the integrity of the democratic process.

The tribunal’s decision was based on concrete evidence that raised serious questions about the legitimacy of the initial results. Justice Orjiako explained that the results in nine polling units of Ajaokuta Local Government Area (LGA) had been inflated in favor of Sen. Abubakar Ohere, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Simultaneously, the votes of Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were intentionally reduced in these areas.

Furthermore, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was implicated in the controversy, as it failed to accurately record and report the results from three other polling units in the same LGA, which were deliberately omitted. These findings raised significant concerns about the transparency and fairness of the election.

After a meticulous review of the evidence and a commitment to rectify the injustices committed during the election, the tribunal made the necessary corrections. As a result, Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan of the PDP was declared the rightful winner of the February senatorial election. She garnered a total of 54,074 votes, while Sen. Abubakar Ohere of the APC received 51,291 votes.

The tribunal’s decision serves as a reminder of the critical role played by independent judicial bodies in upholding the principles of democracy. It reaffirms the importance of free and fair elections as the cornerstone of any democratic society. While elections are meant to reflect the will of the people, they must be conducted transparently and without manipulation.

This case also underscores the significance of accountability within electoral processes. When electoral authorities and individuals responsible for conducting elections fail to uphold their duties with integrity, the democratic process itself is at risk.

The nullification of Sen. Abubakar Ohere’s victory and the declaration of Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan as the rightful winner of the Kogi Central senatorial election is a significant development in the ongoing quest for transparent and fair elections in Nigeria. It sends a clear message that electoral irregularities and manipulation will not be tolerated, and that justice will prevail to protect the sanctity of the democratic process. As Nigeria continues to strive for a stronger democracy, this decision serves as a beacon of hope for those who believe in the power of free and fair elections to shape the nation’s future.

Source: Channels TV

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