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We are not aware Audu is dead-INEC
The remains of Prince Audu on his way to the his grave

We are not aware Audu is dead-INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it was yet to be formally informed of the death of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu.

The commission, which was locked in series of meetings in Abuja, some 24 hours after it declared the Kogi State governorship election inconclusive, said it was simply being proactive in tackling the issue.

Prince Audu, APC governorship candidate in the election, died on Sunday morning, few hours after he cast his ballot in his polling unit at Ogbonichain Ofu Local Government Area.

INEC Director, Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze- Uzzi, said the commission was holding series of meetings over the situation in Kogi. “The meetings are still going on. We are still consulting with our lawyers. In the next 24 to 48 hours, we will issue a release on the matter.

“But mind you, we are yet to be formerly informed of the death. But we are being proactive in tackling the issue,” he stated.

INEC sources disclosed that the legal department would be meeting with the consortium of lawyers engaged by the commission on how to solve the legal issues created by Audu’s sudden death.

According to the Electoral Act, INEC has 14 days to conduct supplementary election in 91 polling units where the election was declared inconclusive.

But with the death of Audu, which was not fore-seen neither by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) nor by the Electoral Act, there might be a shift in the date for the supplementary poll.

Deputy Director of Publicity, Nick Dazang, however, promised that INEC would apply relevant laws to resolve the legal logjam. “All these relevant laws will be looked at with a view to determine what to be done to ensure that whatever is done subsequently is done within the ambit of the law. INEC, as a law-abiding body, will do everything prescribed by the law,” he added.

Dazang advised the APC to do the proper thing by notifying the commission of its candidate’s death with a death certification issued by a medical doctor. “Once the commission is notified, it will look at relevant clauses of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and also the Constitution of APC itself,” he assured.

 

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