Can everyone just mind their umbrellas? The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against an advice by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the party can substitute its late candidate in the Kogi State governorship election. The AGF made this known following the death of APC’s gubernatorial candidate Prince Abubakar Audu who died a day after the November 21 election.
The opposition party while kicking against the advice also asked Mr Malami to “immediately vacate his office for harrying and misleading the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) into arriving at the decision”.
In a statement by the opposition party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, the party said it was shocked that “INEC, a supposedly independent electoral umpire, could allow itself to succumb to the antics of the APC by following the unlawful directive of an obviously partisan AGF to substitute a candidate in the middle of the ballot process”. The electoral body had earlier said it would allow the APC to look for a candidate to feel the vacancy created by the death of Mr Abubakar Audu before supplementary elections that would hold on December 5 in 91 polling units where elections were cancelled.