Kogi election: SDP candidate, Natasha, rejects disqualification by INEC

Kogi election: SDP candidate, Natasha, rejects disqualification by INEC

- Barrister Natasha Akpoti​​ was recently disqualified by INEC for the Kogi governorship election scheduled for November

- The SDP governorship candidate was disqualified on the grounds of the age of her running mate

- The campaign organization of the candidate has condemned and rejected the recent purported disqualification

The Natasha Akpoti Campaign Organization has condemned and rejected the recent purported disqualification of the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Barrister Natasha Akpoti​​, on the grounds of the age of her running mate.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, September 28 by the spokesman of the organization, Mr. Odaudu Joel Minister, he said the decision is inconsistent with INEC allowing gubernatorial candidates/running mates of same age with or even younger than the SDP candidate in several political parties in states across the country to contest in the 2019 general elections.

Part of the statement read: “A country’s polity is as strong and efficient as the electoral body that guides it. When the electoral body becomes a tool available to the use of politicians determined to foist their corrupt, inefficient, selfish and detrimental style of leadership on the suffering citizens, then it is unfortunate and the people must speak up and demand fairness and justice.

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“To all our friends, supporters, and members of our campaign organization, Barr. Natasha Akpoti once again expresses her deep-felt appreciation of your steadfastness. Your support, loyalty, and desire for a better Kogi is what drives her.

“We will fight this great injustice by INEC. We will conquer this challenge as usual and proceed with our plan to liberate Kogi state from poverty and ineffectual leadership.”

Meanwhile, the Okun Area Traditional Council in Kogi West senatorial district, on Thursday, September 26, assured Governor Yahaya Bello of their full support towards his re-election bid in the November 16 governorship election in the state.

The monarchs gave the assurance when they paid a courtesy visit to the governor along with the national executive members of the Okun Socio-Cultural group and Okun Development Association at Government House, Lokoja.

The traditional rulers totalling over 60 from the area, were led by the Obaro of Kabba and chairman Okun Area Traditional Council, HRH Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi.

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