Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan Declared Winner of Kogi Central Senatorial Election.
In a landmark ruling, the Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal has declared Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the rightful winner of the Kogi Central Senatorial election, which took place in February.
This decisive judgment also invalidates the previous victory of Senator Abubakar Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC), changing the political landscape of Kogi Central.
Tribunal Chairman, Justice K. A. Orjiako, presiding over a three-man panel, delivered a unanimous judgment that revealed significant irregularities in Sen. Ohere’s victory. According to Justice Orjiako, Sen. Ohere’s election results were inflated in nine polling units located in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area. Furthermore, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had reportedly reduced Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan’s results in those same areas and omitted the results of three additional polling units designated for Natasha in the same local government area.
In light of these discrepancies, the tribunal carried out necessary corrections to rectify the election results. As a result, Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan was declared the rightful winner of the election, securing a total of 54,074 votes. This surpassed Sen. Ohere’s vote count of 51,291 votes.
This ruling is expected to have significant implications for the representation of Kogi Central in the Senate and underscores the importance of upholding the integrity of the electoral process.
As the details of this ruling emerge, it is certain that it will shape the political landscape of Kogi Central and serve as a testament to the importance of transparency and accuracy in electoral outcomes.