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Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Questions raised over rationale for ‘inconclusive polls’ verdict

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

By Nsikan Ikpe

The declaration by Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of a stalemate in Saturday’s gubernatorial poll and that the outcome was inconclusive has continued to elicit a spate of reactions all over the country.

One of those who has expressed his concern over the twist of events is Nigeria’s Senate President and presidential aspirant of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

In a statement, the lawmaker urged INEC to note that the eyes of the world were indeed upon it as an institution that is required to demonstrate good faith, impartiality, independence and courage at a time like this.

In a formal statement, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan berated INEC over its decision to declare the contest inconclusive and urged it to declare the results immediately.

On its part, the All Progressives Congress, APC commended INEC on its decision to abort the process and called on its supporters to remain trusting.

INEC had on Sunday announced that the polls were inconclusive after having released results from all but 4 polling units.

Based on the results announced by the commission before it halted the process, the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke was already coasting home to victory.

The commission has presently fixed Thursday, September 27 as date for the re-run contest in the affected 4 polling units even as the PDP is under pressure to contest the truncation of the process in court.

The outgoing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has run the affairs of the South-western state since 2011.

 

Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki

 

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