– YIAGA Africa has called for a new election in Kogi state
– The group said given the violence and vote buying that characterised the election, the outcome cannot be a true reflection of the wish of Kogi people
– Going further, the group claimed security officials acted helplessly as if they were under instruction not to respond to the situation
A civil society organisation, YIAGA AFRICA, has alleged that the credibility of Kogi elections has been compromised by political parties and security agencies and as a result called for the cancellation of the polls.
The election observer and monitoring group disclosed this in a report released on Sunday, November 14.
Going further, the group urged INEC to conduct a new election, saying Saturday’s did not reflect the votes of the people, irrespective of the results.
It said political stakeholders in the state deliberately worked to undermine the election.
It also said that vote buying and violence perpetrated by party officials and thugs were carried out under the full glare of the almost nonchalant security officials.
YIAGA claimed security officials acted helplessly as if they were under instruction not to respond to the situation.
It said as a result of this, the elections cannot be said to reflect the preferences of voters in Kogi.
“In such a circumstance, YIAGA AFRICA calls upon INEC to conduct a thorough investigation of the conduct of the Kogi governorship and senatorial elections and to conduct a new election that gives voters a genuine opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”