Kogi State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), flag bearer in the recently concluded Kogi State election, Idris Wada, as assured PDP supporters of victory at the election tribunal.
Wada who made this assurance at the government house in Lokoja, stressed that the tribunal will soon decide whether it is legal for a political party to have two candidates in the course of election and whether a person’s votes could be transferred to another person.
The governor furthered that his decision to challenge the result of the last election, is not personal as conferred in some quarters, rather he explained that he has the constitutional rights to challenge the result haven felt the manner in which the votes for late Audu Abubakar, was transferred to another APC candidate, calls for questioning.
In his words:
“We are contesting the election in court on the basis of malpractices and also issues regarding the application of the law, the constitution and the Electoral Act. It is not a personal thing. It is purely a legal issue and we need those relevant sections of our electoral laws to be properly interpreted in view of the unique incidents that happened in connection with this election.
“We believe that posterity has entrusted this responsibility on our party to seek interpretation of these issues. As a person, I do not have problems with anyone. I am a peace loving person but the issue at stake is a constitutional one that must be given attention for the sake of posterity.
“As my tenure winds up on January 27, 2016, I have already constituted a transition committee to ensure smooth handover of power. This is our obligation as a government. However, with the Governorship Election Tribunal already in place, we shall soon be going before them to ask germane questions.
“As far as the law is concerned, we have not seen where it was written that a person’s votes can be transferred to another. We are sure of victory.”
In a related development, a transition committee has been put in place by the governor to over see the process leading to the handover of power to a new administration on January 27, 2016, when his tenure will expire.