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Kogi Guber Crisis: DPC suspends candidate for backing Wada's suit - News Inquirer

The Democratic People’s Congress has suspended the party’s governorship candidate in the person of Hon. Phillip Ezekiel Koleola in a fresh twist to the ongoing legal complexities that followed the November 21, 2015 election in the state.

By implication, Koleola will not be contesting in the December 5, 2015 supplementary election. The party is currently discussing with INEC on a possible substitution before Saturday.

According to the party’s National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters, the decision was reached after the National Working Committee of the party met earlier on Tuesday to deliberate on a petition from its Kogi State Chapter against Hon. Koleola.

“The suspension comes after reviewing the gross anti-party activities leveled against him in the state,” Rev Peters told Newsinquirer.org.

“The National Working Committee suspends him indefinitely and approves his suspension. In the meantime, a disciplinary committee will be set up to look into the allegations of his anti-party activities during the governorship election in the state, and purported decision to go to court in collaboration with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Capt. Idris Wada to challenge INEC directive to All Progressive Congress to substitute the late Prince Audu, its candidate in the inconclusive election,” he added.

“His actions were very worrisome because after due consultations by party officials, DPC had resolved not to challenge INEC’s decision in court in the interest of the state and the nation as a whole upon reviewing the political quagmire in the state caused by the sudden demise of Prince Audu. We were surprised that despite our position, he went ahead to open discussions with the PDP candidate’s legal team.

For this act, the party disowns any legal action taken by its suspended governorship candidate, Hon. Koleola,” he confided in newsinquirer.org.

It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had directed the APC to substitute the late candidate Audu ahead of a supplementary election scheduled to hold on Saturday December 5, 2015 to determine the position of the candidates in over 90 cancelled polling units. The polling units are said to have a combined total of about 49,000 registered voters, more than the 41,000 votes Audu was leading Gov. Wada with before his death.

PDP had subsequently headed to the courts seeking an order that will compel INEC to declare Gov Wada the winner since the leading contender was no longer alive to continue the supplementary elections, their arguments being that the votes cast for a candidate could not be inherited by another candidate.

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