Kogi Election: INEC Did Well -Observer Group


The recently concluded Kogi State governorship election has been

described as peaceful and the Independent National Electoral

Commission (INEC) commended for living up to their duty.


An observer group, the Coalition for Transparent Elections in Africa

(CTEAN), at a press conference yesterday in Abuja to present its

preliminary report of the Kogi election said the election was adjudged

free and fair.


Convener of CTEAN, Nelson Ogbu, at the conference said that their

observers were on ground in Kogi and followed through with the

deployment of INEC officials and sensitive election materials as well

as the general conduct of political parties and elections

stakeholders, including security operatives.


“We note with a sense of satisfaction that the election in Kogi State

was relatively peaceful and the electoral umpire, the Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) were alive to their duty as the

election was adjudged free and fair even by the teeming Kogi



“Our observations indicated that the election substantially conformed

to established electoral laws in Nigeria.


“We commend the great people of Kogi State, various security agencies

and other observer groups for their matured conducts during and after

the said governorship elections in Kogi State,” Ogbu said.


Ogbu further stated that there was no post-election violence that is

always the characteristics of off-cycle elections.


He also said the voting pattern in Kogi State suggests that the

various candidates showed strength in their respective strongholds,

meaning that INEC provided a level playing field for all the political

parties during the 2023 gubernatorial election in Kogi State.


Ogbu commended the various security organisations for their

professionalism in the process and the media for keeping the general

public up to date of the developments in the state.

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