INEC: Observer group hails conduct of Kogi poll

An election Observer Group, Coalition for Transparent Elections in Africa (CTEAN) has hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the conduct of last weekend’s Kogi State governorship election.

Converner of the group, Nelson Ogbu, at a press briefing, in Abuja, said the conduct of the gubernatorial poll, which was won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) conformed substantially with the electoral act.

The APC candidate Usman Ododo had polled 446, 237 votes to beat his closest rival, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu-Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who scored 259, 052.

Ogbu, while expression satisfaction with INEC during the poll, said the electoral body was alive to its responsibilities as an umpire. He also commended all the contestants and their supporters for the conducts during and after the election.

According to him, “We note with a sense of satisfaction that the election in Kogi State was relatively peaceful and the electoral umpire, the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) were alive to their duty as the
election was adjudged free and fair even by the teeming Kogi.

“Our observations indicated that the election substantially conformed.
to established electoral laws in Nigeria.

“We commend the great people of Kogi State, various security agencies.
and other observer groups for their matured conducts during and after
the said governorship elections in Kogi State. “

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