I’m Not Seeking To Inherit Audu’s Votes—Wada
Captain Idris Wada, immediate past governor of Kogi State, has said that he is not seeking to inherit the votes of Prince Abubakar Audu, the late All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 21, 2015 governorship election.
Wada said rather he is contesting the results of the gubernatorial election because of gross irregularities, noting that it was unfortunate that the APC flag-bearer, Audu, died. Wada made the assertion while adopting his petition before the Kogi Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
Under cross examination by counsel to INEC, Governor Yahaya Bello and APC, Captain Wada said that even though he was deeply saddened by the death of his long time friend, Abubakar Audu, he was of the opinion that Audu’s votes were voided by his death and could not be inherited by anyone.
In a related development, a forensic analyst, Mr. Samuel Oduntan, also testified before the tribunal. Mr. Oduntan said that he was the leader of the team that carried out forensic examination of the election documents and that they discovered various irregularities.
He affirmed that he was an experienced hand in the field and had cause to work with many lawyers including one of the APC lawyers in the Kogi case on several occasions.
It would be recalled that counsel to Wada, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), presented a report before the tribunal which contains information about gross irregularities in the gubernatorial poll.
According to the report, when the invalid votes are subtracted from the votes declared by INEC, PDP has a lead of over 25,000 votes, making Wada the rightful winner of the election.
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