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Elected APC senators in Kogi may lose seats


There are indications that the senators-elect from Kogi state may all lose their seats following irregularities trailing the process of nominating candidates by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. Report shows that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had written to the party in the state that it did not follow the laid down procedure of conducting primaries for its candidates.

One of the points that the defeated PDP senator Sam Adeyemi raised against the senator-elect Dino  Melaye is that Dino Melaye was not duly nominated by the APC. It is feared that the tribunal may nullify the election of the APC senators based on the fact that no primaries was conducted in the state to select the APC senatorial candidates.

The case of the APC senator Aidoko was cited where the Supreme Court nullified the election of the PDP candidate Ochoja Dangana in favour of Aidoko of the APC. That INEC has written to the party that primaries were not conducted at the party level remains strong evidence against the APC for failure to follow electoral guidelines which the PDP will rely on. It remains to be seen if the court will set aside previous rulings and allow the APC to retain their victory at the senatorial election.