- PDP's candidate in Kogi state, Musa Wada, has said that he would challenge Bello's victory at the poll
- INEC had on Monday, November 18, declared Bello as the winner of Saturday, November 16, governorship election in the state
- Wada, however, accused INEC and IGP of colluding with APC to rig the election
Apparently dissatisfied with the outcome of the Saturday, November 16, governorship election in Kogi state, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Musa Wada, has described the election as a coup against the people of the state.
The Nation reports that Wada, who made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, November 18, vowed to challenge the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello at the election petition tribunal.
Legit.ng gathered that Bello, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged the winner with wide margin.
Wada, however, noted that the overwhelming majority of the people of Kogi state have also rejected the conduct and outcome of the election.
He said: “It is clear to all that there was no election on Saturday, November 16, but a declaration and execution of war against the people.
“What happened in Kogi was an organised war against democracy; coup against the people and seizure of power through brigandage and the barrel of the gun with members of the police and other security agencies coordinating the stealing of people’s votes."
He accused the police of aiding armed APC thugs to invade polling units with impunity, shoot and kill voters and carted away ballot boxes to government facilities where results were allegedly written in favour of APC and handed over to INEC to announce against the will of the people.
“Police helicopters were used to attack polling units, fire tear gas on voters and provided cover to APC hoodlums and policemen who brutalised the people of Kogi state and stole their mandate.
“The APC turned our state into a theatre of war. No fewer than nine innocent Nigerians were killed. Many more were maimed and injured by the APC in their desperation to seize power at all cost. It is therefore distressing that INEC went ahead with a shameful collation and declaration of fabricated results despite the glaring disruptions that characterised the shambolic exercise,” he said.
The PDP's candidate also accused INEC of cancelling votes cast for the PDP in the party’s strongholds and subtracted from PDP votes in many other areas and padded the votes of the APC to give a semblance of victory to APC.
He said the people of Kogi were horrified, brutalised and dehumanised during the exercise, adding that there have been weeping across the state following INEC declaration of Yahaya Bello as winner of the election.
“We therefore stand with the people of Kogi to state without equivocation that this brigandage and stealing of our mandate cannot stand.
“We will never despair but remain strong in our determination to retrieve the mandate freely given to us by the people in their desire for a change. We will pursue this course to its logical conclusion within the confines of the law of this country,” he added.
Wada, however, commended the people of Kogi state for their resilience in the face of intimidation, stressing that they showed that nobody could suppress their will at any time.
He said: “Above all, the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, will surely account to God and the people for the roles they played in this election; if not in this world, then certainly in the hereafter.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the INEC declared Bello the winner of the election in the state.
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