The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s Kogi Central Senatorial election, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has written the Independent National Electoral Commission, seeking a review of the result that produced the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere as the winner of the election in the senatorial district.
On February 28, INEC Returning Officer for Kogi Central Senatorial District, Rotimi Ajayi said Sadiku-Ohere garnered 52,132 votes against Natasha’s 51,763 votes to clinch the seat.
But Akpoti-Uduaghan, in a letter written by her lawyers alleged the results were manipulated in favour of the APC candidate.
Attaching copies of results from three polling units, the PDP candidate claimed INEC incorrectly entered voting figures during the election, awarding votes intended for the PDP to the APC which she alleged was to the tune of 933.
“In the said election, Engr Abubakar Sadiku Ohere, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), was wrongly returned with 52,132 votes and declared the winner of the election in the senatorial district while our client was wrongly credited with 51,763 votes.
“What ought to have been recorded for APC is only 202 votes and the excess manipulative, and fictitious 933 votes would not have formed part of the election results in the polling units while PDP would have earned 1,073 as against the 77 votes recorded for our client’s favour,” the petition noted.
Insisting that she would have won the election if the total votes had been accurately recorded and inputted, the Politician subsequently asked the electoral body to review the process and the declaration.