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Ex-Rep asks INEC to seek court’s interpretations on Kogi poll


INECA Lawyer and former member of House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele yesterday advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seek judicial interpretations before taking final decision on Kogi State governorship poll to prevent anarchy.

Bamidele said the novelty surrounding the death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the last Saturday Kogi State poll, Prince Abubakar Audu, needs serious judicial clarification saying INEC must explore the opportunity not to set a bad precedent.

Prince Audu died on Sunday after leading his closest rival and incumbent governor, Capt Idris Wada, in a keenly contested governorship poll that was declared inconclusive by the INEC.

Bamidele, who spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday said it will be preposterous for the commission to rely wholly on Section 181 of the constitution, which allows the Deputy Governorship candidate to continue in case of this scenario or section 36(1) of the Electoral Act which empowers the commission to postpone election and allow party to substitute the candidate in case of death or infirmity.

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