Ahead of the Kogi east and central senatorial districts rerun election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has barred the All Progressives Congress (APC) from taking part in the poll scheduled for February 20. Recall an Appeal court ruling had earlier nullified the elections of Senator Abubakar Abdulrahaman (Kogi East APC) and Senator Mohammed Abdulsalami Ohiare (Kogi Central APC) on grounds of non-conduct of primaries and ordered for rerun election within 90 days.
According to INEC’s State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Halilu Pai, the exclusion of APC from the rerun election was in compliance with the dictates of the ruling of the court, which had particularly ordered that APC and its candidates should not be part of the rerun poll. The ruling party is also excluded from participating in the reruns for Okene/Ogori-Magongo federal constituency, Ofu and Ankpa I State Assembly. This restriction will however not affect the State Assembly rerun election for Dekina I (Biraidu) Dekina II (Okura) and Idah State Constituency.