Recently, the Kogi State governorship elections were declared inconclusive in 91 polling units, with the APC governorship candidate in the lead, but unfortunately, he died on the 22nd of November, 2015. INEC now offered the APC to replace their late candidate. The APC replaced their candidate with Yahaya Bello, of which the late candidate’s running mate was against it. The PDP also demanded that since the late candidate of the APC died, and the election was declared inconclusive, even though the run-off elections in the 91 polling units were to hold on the 5th of December, their candidate, the sitting governor of Kogi State, should be declared the winner. I don’t know much about law but since the run-off elections have been held and the APC has been declared the winner of the concluded election, and it’s candidate died a natural death, his deputy or running mate, should replace him. What if the candidate was sworn in and after some months or years, he dies, won’t his running mate or deputy governor, be sworn in as governor?
This is what Section 181 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as Amended states;
181. (1) If a person duly elected as Governor dies before taking and subscribing the Oath of Allegiance and oath of office, or is unable for any reason whatsoever to be sworn in, the person elected with him as Deputy governor shall be sworn in as Governor and he shall nominate a new Deputy-Governor who shall be appointed by the Governor with the approval of a simple majority of the House of Assembly of the State.
(2) Where the persons duly elected as Governor and Deputy Governor of a State die or are for any reason unable to assume office before the inauguration of the house of Assembly, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall immediately conduct an election for a Governor and Deputy Governor of the State.
So the APC has fallen short of the law in our constitution and should be disqualified from the election and therefore, the PDP candidate should be declared the winner. Just because of some tribal sentiment, we fall short of the law. This played out after the death of the late president Yar’adua (MHSRIP), were northern oligarch’s refused to allow the then vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, to be sworn in as president. The APC, who offered us change, has fallen short of their promise to Nigerians. This is totally unacceptable from them. This is a matter of the elections tribunal to decide and I hope they will do what is necessary by upholding the constitution.
Also, the Bayelsa State elections were held on the 5th of December, 2015 and INEC, yet again declared the elections inconclusive due to the violence in the southern ijaw l.g.a with the current governor and PDP governorship candidate in the lead. The APC candidate and his party are already crying blue murder but following the trend on twitter, one can say that the APC planned to rig that election with security operatives. INEC will declare a run off election in that local government area and I hope they will do the right thing.
That is why I am in support of banning party or partisan politics in Nigeria. We need to accept independent candidates only. If we had several candidates who are not affiliated to any party, Nigerians will be free to choose the candidate of their choice and not a few forced unto them. If the leading candidate does not win with at least a 50-60% majority, we will then have a run-off election between the two or three leading candidates at the poll. We won’t also have a ruling or opposition party in our national assembly and the executives would have to ensure that they persuade the assembly to approve or pass their bills into law. This will reduce the shenanigans we see in the political stage in Nigeria to the barest minimum.
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