Election: Kogi SDP Apologizes, Express Confidence in INEC

Kogi state SDP gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, has extended an apology to INEC after his prior criticisms and lack of confidence in the electoral body.

In its official response, INEC issued a statement via its social media platform, known as X (formerly known as Twitter), categorizing the earlier claims as "unfounded misinformation."

INEC noted that the three individuals mentioned are not involved in the configuration of the Biometric Voter Authentication System (BVAS) machines, nor are they presently located within Kogi State.

“Mr. Nicholas Ocholi is on his duty post in our Ondo State office in Akure. Ibrahim Egbunu is attending to a very close family member hospitalized in Abuja. Mohammed Adara retired last year and is no longer a staff of the Commission,” INEC said. 

In a twist of events, a recent statement signed by Adejoh-Audu in Abuja over the weekend has demonstrated unwavering trust and confidence in INEC's capability to conduct a fair and transparent gubernatorial election in the state on November 11, 2023.

The party's leadership has evaluated the measures put in place by the electoral commission to combat electoral fraud. They firmly believe that these measures will safeguard the integrity of the electoral process and ensure that the people's votes prevail.

Alhaji Ajaka, during a recent discussion with journalists, expressed his growing concerns regarding the increasing unrest in the state, primarily attributed to the involvement of disruptive elements inciting tension.

He recounted a shocking incident where his security team apprehended an individual, initially believed to be a thug, in a bush after a failed ambush attempt last Wednesday night. It was later revealed that the person in question was a serving Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

Ajaka further recalled an encounter with a group of thugs who initiated a sudden and violent attack on his convoy that same Wednesday night. However, due to the valor of his security personnel, they managed to repel the assailants and pursued them into the nearby bush.

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