Women protest over declaration of Kogi election as inconclusive


Hundreds of women clad in black clothes besieged the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) office in Lokoja on Thursday to protest against the submission of the name of Yahaya Bello as a substitute to the late All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Mrs Folashade Joseph from Ijumu local government, who spoke on behalf of the women, stated that INEC through its returning officer declared the successively and concluded election as inconclusive.
Mrs Folashade accused the Returning Officer of ignorance on the electoral process, noting that he only based his judgement on the number of registered voters in contrast with those with PVCs.
She explained that from investigation conducted by her group, the proposed supplementary election was unnecessary as only 25,000 voters out of the registered 49, 000 were eligible to vote.
The women blamed the INEC for declaring the election inconclusive and appealed to the federal government to order sanity in the electoral process in the state.
State Commissioner of Police, Emanuel Ojukwu commended the women for their peaceful conduct during the protest.
He, however, warned against violent action that could breach the peace of the public.


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