The Kogi Central Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate, Barr. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan through her lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has written to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to investigate the alleged electoral offences committed by Adavi Local Government Chairman, Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami.
The Human Rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Falana writes the IGP and INEC calling for investigation into the action of the Adavi local government chairman who was caught on camera destroying electoral materials, and intimidating voters during the just concluded National Assembly and presidential elections.
The letter noted that Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami in the company of his police escorts were going around destroying ballot boxes that were already thumb printed by voters in favour of the PDP senatorial candidate in various polling units in Adavi LGA.
Falana argued that the action contravene sections 115(1) (f) & (j), 125 and 126(1) (j) of the Electoral Act, 2022 which are punishable under section 125, 126(3) (4) of the Electoral Act 2022.
The letter reads:
“We are a Solicitors to Mrs. Natasha Hadiza Akpoti-Uduaghan (hereinafter referred to as “our client”).
Our client was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vying for the position of Senate to represent Kogi Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly general election of 25th February’s 2023.
“Between 12 noon and 2pm while voting and collation of results was ongoing on the 25th February, 2023, several of our client’s polling agents in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State reported to our client that the Chairman of Adavi Local Government Area, Kogi State, Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami in the company of his police escorts were going around destroying ballot boxes that were already thumb printed by voters in favour of our client at the various polling units.
“Our client’s agents were able to capture on camara the criminal activities perpetrated by Hon. Salami at polling unit with Code 034, along Eid Prayer Ground, Nagazi/Farm Centre Ward and Polling Unit 033 Mikab Model School, Nagazi/Farm center ward, Adavi Local Government Area, Kogi State where he was destroying polling materials, ballot papers, intimidating voters and harassing electoral officials with the aid of police officers and thugs.
“He went to other polling units where he tore ballot papers already thumb-printed in favor of our client to reduce her wild margin against the candidate of the APC.
“There is no doubt that the unwholesome activities of Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami, the Chairman of Adavi L.G.A. constitute very grave offences under the Electoral Act, 2022.
“Hence, it is our client’s instruction to request you to use your good office to investigate the said offences which contravene sections 115(1) (f) & (j), 125 and 126(1) (j) of the Electoral Act, 2022 which are punishable under section 125, 126(3) (4) of the Electoral Act 2022”, the letter added.