The Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Muri Ajaka, in the just concluded Governorship election in Kogi State has called on the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmoud Yakub, to take immediate action and hold Barister Faith Kotso accountable in order to protect our democracy.
This was said in a statement released by Isaiah Davies Ijele and obtained by Kogi Online on Wednesday.
The statement reads in part:
“Recall that, a court order was served to INEC on Monday, and our team of forensic experts has been in Lokoja ready to commence their work. However, Barister Faith Kotso, the head of the legal department, has been delaying the process, making it difficult for them to access the materials for examination”.
“Yesterday, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, our forensic experts visited the INEC office to initiate their work, but Barister Faith Kotso once again hindered their progress. She demanded that the work should commence today, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 9am”.
“This morning, upon arrival at the INEC office, Barister Faith Kotso claimed that she was unable to send the notice to other stakeholders and required today to communicate to them”.
“According to the court order, the 48-hour timeline expired yesterday, November 28, 2023, and INEC is yet to fully comply”.
“We question whether Barister Faith Kotso considers herself above the court order or if she has been influenced by the Bello Led administration to disrupt a peaceful democratic process that is already under threat”.
“Furthermore, we have received reports that political thugs affiliated with Governor Bello have taken control of the roads leading to the INEC office pretending to be SDP supporters, effectively preventing anyone, including INEC staff in Lokoja, from accessing the premises”.
“We urgently call upon Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defense Staff, and the National Security Adviser to intervene and rescue Kogi State from the clutches of Governor Bello, his political thugs, and associates”.
“Mr. President, this is not the democracy that you fought for and were exiled for. You have been granted the privilege to restore the democratic values you so passionately yearned for. We implore you to rescue Kogi State from Governor Bello’s political irresponsibility”.