Gunmen attack Kogi guber tribunal secretary, steal election petition documents

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The police command in Kogi says suspected gunmen have attacked David Mike, secretary of the state governorship election tribunal.

In a statement on Wednesday, William Aya, police spokesperson in the state, said Mike was waylaid on Monday on his way to work while the gunmen made away with petition documents filed by four political parties.

The affected political parties include Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Two record books and a bag containing the secretary’s personal items were also stolen at gunpoint.

“On Monday, 04/12/2023 at about 1820hrs, one Mr David Umar Mike ‘m’ secretary to Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal along with Labode Apreala (f), confidential secretary and Hassimu Adamu assistant secretary, came to state criminal investigation department, Kogi state police headquarters and reported that on the said date, three of them left their hotel rooms in Lokoja about 1300hrs, heading to their office at the high court complex driving in his (David’s) Peugeot 406 car,” the statements read.

“That just before the CBN at about 1320hrs, one SUV vehicle which had earlier overtaken him blocked his car with two other SUVs following behind.

“All of them surrounded and blocked him as he attempted to reverse. He saw about seven hooded men all heavily armed and dressed in black attire who shot severally into the air and dragged him and his two other colleagues out of their car, ransacked the car and made away with all the petition documents.”

Aya added that Onuoha Benthrand, the state commissioner of police, had ordered a thorough and diligent investigation into the incident.

According to the Electoral Act, an aggrieved candidate has 21 days from the announcement of the results to file a petition at the tribunal.

Opaluwa Omera, Media aide to Muritala Ajaka, governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), said that the petition of the party was filed on December 2.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Usman Ododo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Kogi state governorship poll held on November 11.

Ododo polled 446, 237 votes to defeat Ajaka, who came second with 259,052 votes while Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scored 46,362 votes.

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