Ajaka expressed disappointment with INEC, stating that the election results were predetermined before the voting took place in Kogi.

Muritala Ajaka, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its handling of the state’s governorship election.

After completing the election in the North-Central state and tallying the results, Ajaka, aspiring to replace the All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that INEC officials compromised the integrity of the process. Ajaka expressed his disappointment with INEC’s handling of the election during a televised program.

Ajaka voiced his disappointment, stating, “INEC disappointed all of us. Check the results. Similar to the previous speaker on the show, INEC conveyed the impression that everything would proceed flawlessly, but it turned out differently.”

The SDP candidate blamed INEC officials sent to the state for manipulating the process.

The speaker suggested that the team sent to the state may have been compromised, pointing out that election result sheets were already widely available in Kogi Central before the voting started. When asked about evidence for his claims, Akaja asserted that they have written to the concerned parties with supporting evidence, expressing regret for the situation. He remarked that had they anticipated the challenges, they would have prepared differently. Despite this, he acknowledged the Federal Government’s role, giving credit to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for ensuring security for everyone.

“INEC too, the arrangement from and before the commencement of the exercise, everything was all right. But the officials of the INEC  – sent to Kogi state – were the ones that compromised. They gave the result sheets to Yahaya Bello. Results were written before the election.”

While 18 of the 21 local government area results have been collated, INEC said there will be supplementary election in 59 polling units in the state. That exercise is billed to be held this Saturday.

From the results so far announced, the SDP candidate is trailing his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart Usman Ododo.

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