Natasha Akpoti Declared Winner of Kogi Central Senatorial Election by Tribunal
In a significant twist of events, the Kogi Central Senatorial election has taken a new turn as Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has been declared the winner by an electoral petition tribunal.
This ruling, delivered by Justice K.A. Orjiakoin, reshapes the political landscape in Kogi Central, and here’s the comprehensive breakdown of the tribunal’s decision.
The Tribunal Verdict
On February 25, 2023, the electoral petition tribunal convened in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. After careful consideration of the election results, the presiding officer, Justice K.A. Orjiakoin, made a groundbreaking announcement. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, a prominent figure in Kogi politics, emerged victorious in the senate election for the Kogi Central constituency.
Vote Tally and Victory
According to the tribunal’s verdict, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan secured a total of 54,064 votes, firmly establishing her as the victor in the closely contested race. Her closest rival, Sadiku-Ohere, representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), garnered 51,291 votes. This outcome has redefined the political dynamics in the region, positioning Akpoti-Uduaghan as a formidable force in Kogi Central politics.
In a noteworthy development, Justice Orjiakoin didn’t stop at declaring Akpoti-Uduaghan the winner. He also issued a strong recommendation for Sadiku-Ohere to promptly remit a petition fee of N500,000 to Akpoti-Uduaghan. This financial aspect of the ruling underscores the significance of adhering to electoral processes and rules, as well as the consequences of any deviations.
It’s important to note that Sadiku-Ohere, who was initially declared the winner in the election, is associated with the All Progressives Congress (APC). This ruling highlights the dynamic nature of Nigerian politics, where electoral outcomes can be subject to legal challenges and scrutiny, leading to dramatic shifts in political power.
The declaration of Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan as the winner of the Kogi Central Senatorial election by the electoral petition tribunal is a momentous development in Kogi State politics. This ruling not only reshapes the political landscape in the region but also serves as a testament to the importance of upholding electoral integrity and the rule of law in Nigeria’s democratic processes.
As the dust settles and the implications of this tribunal verdict reverberate throughout the political sphere, Kogi Central constituents and observers alike will be closely watching the next steps in this evolving political saga.