The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday’s Kogi governorship election, Prince Abubakar Audu, has reportedly died after the official announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the poll was inconclusive.
According to Sahara Reporters, Audu died of undisclosed medical complications shortly after INEC declared inconclusive the election in which he had led his closest rival, incumbent Governor, Idris Wada of PDP with over 41, 000 votes difference.
Although family and APC sources were yet to confirm Audu’s demise, the Street Journal gathered that Audu slumped and died while being taken to Abuja to be flown abroad for medical treatment.
Our correspondent who visited Audu’s Lokoja residence reports that, in spite of his being in pole position to win the yet to be rescheduled election in inconclusive polling units, supporters were not celebrating as the news of his death threw everyone into confusion.
INEC had declared the poll inconclusive following the cancellation of the results of the poll in 91 polling units due to insecurity, violence and ballot box snatching, and was expected to conduct a supplementary election in the affected areas within one week in line with the Electoral Act to determine the winner between Audu and Wada.
The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, while announcing the results, explained that 49,453 registered voters in the affected polling units in 18 local government areas were more than the difference between the votes of the two leading candidates.
Audu had previously won the state governorship election and served as Governor in the botched Third Republic from 1992 to 1993 and in the Fourth Republic from 1999-2003 on the platform of the defunct NRC and APP, respectively.