The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to protect the votes of the electorate in Kogi state.
Felix Morka, APC national publicity secretary, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the party’s governorship candidate in Kogi, Alhaji Usman Ododo, is “coasting to spectacular victory”.
Morka, however, said APC is aware of moves by some group of persons to truncate the victory of its governorship candidate.
“We are keenly aware of intense pressure, including violent threats on INEC staff, by agents and supporters of trailing opposition parties aimed at unduly influencing or disrupting ongoing collation of results in the state.
“We urge INEC to stand fast in the discharge of its constitutional duty to deliver free, fair, and credible election in the state, and ensure that the freely exercised will of the Kogi electorate prevails,” he said.
The collation of results is currently ongoing in Lokoja, the state capital.
With the results announced so far, APC’s Ododo is currently in the lead with 207,293 votes, followed by Murtala Ajaka, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) with 59,807 votes, and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 21,447 votes.