The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Tuesday, declared Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan of the Peoples Democratic Party as the duly elected candidate for the Kogi Central Senatorial Election held in February 2023.
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, adding 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 Local Government Area.
The court further dismissed the appeal filed by Abubakar Ohere of the All Progressives Congress for lacking in merit.
Akpoti-Uduaghan in the letter dated March 1, 2023, demanded a review of the declaration and return of the candidate of the Ohore, as winner of the February 25 senatorial election.
Akpoti-Uduaghan in the letter written by her lawyer, Johnson Usman, argued that, “The candidate of APC was wrongly returned with 52,132 votes and declared the winner of the election in the senatorial district while our client was wrongly credited with 51,763 votes”.
According to the letter, the mistake was followed by a careful and meticulous review of the election results from the duplicate of the result sheets, which revealed that votes were manipulated and adjusted in favour of the APC’s candidate.
She claimed that the alleged manipulation of results occurred in three polling units in Ganaja township Ward, Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state