The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday confirmed that it has been intimated of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s choice of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the party’s replacement for the deceased Abubakar Audu in Saturday’s supplementary election.
Speaking with newsmen, INEC’s Deputy Director in charge of Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang said: “They have sent the name of their replacement candidate, the runner-up in their primaries, that is Yahaya Bello, to the commission.”
He went on to assure the people of Kogi State that the electoral body was fully prepared to conduct both the Kogi Supplementary and Bayelsa governorship elections, which are both slated for Saturday.
“Commission is committed to conduct the two elections, that is why in respect of Kogi, in spite of what happened, we came out with public notice which invites the APC to submit its replacement candidate for the election,” he stated.
Speaking on efforts that have been put in place to ensure a smooth poll in Bayelsa, Dazang disclosed that INEC was set to hold a stakeholders’ forum in the state today, Tuesday, adding that the commission had concluded the distribution of non-sensitive materials for the Bayelsa poll.
The Commission’s spokesman further revealed that sensitive materials will be moved from Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for onward distribution for the Bayelsa election on Wednesday.
“After the stakeholders’ forum, the commission will immediately on Wednesday commence the distribution of sensitive materials in the state. We are inviting the representatives of political parties, their agents, observers, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, and the media among others, to witness the distribution of sensitive materials,” he stated.