The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Central senatorial area, in the February 25 election, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the winner of the election, Abubakar Saidku-Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the election petition tribunal.
In the petition today, March 17, Natasha is requesting that the election petition tribunal should declare her the winner of the election, arguing that Ohere was incorrectly declared the victor by INEC.
She said that Ohere didn’t receive the majority of the legitimate votes cast at the election.
Natasha said that INEC incorrectly calculated the total votes she received at Ajaokuta LGA, resulting in the incorrect declaration of Ohere as the winner.
She said that the INEC wrongly computed voting data during the election, erroneously awarding 933 votes meant for PDP to APC.
She claimed that she received a total of 54,064 votes as opposed to the 51,763 votes reported by INEC, and requested that the tribunal proclaim her winner of the election.
The electoral umpire had declared Ohere as winner of the election as announced by Rotimi Ajayi, returning officer for Kogi Central senatorial district.
Ajayi declared that Ohere got 52,132 votes against Natasha’s 51,763 to clinch the seat, a difference of 369 votes between them.