Tribunal sacks Kogi Central senator, declares PDP’s Natasha winner

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR

The Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal has declared Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan of the People’s Democratic Party as the winner of the Kogi Central Senatorial election held in February.

It also invalidated the victory of Senator Abubakar Ohere of the All Progressives Congress.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice K. A. Orjiako, delivered the unanimous judgment of the three-man panel, revealing that Ohere’s results were inflated in nine polling units in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area.

He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission reduced Natasha’s results in those areas and omitted the results of three other polling units meant for Natasha in the same LGA.

Following the necessary corrections, the court declared Natasha as the winner of the election with 54,074 votes, surpassing Ohere, who garnered 51,291 votes.

Meanwhile, the APC has vowed to appeal the tribunal verdict.