A Local Government chairman in Kogi State, Joseph Omuya Salami, has been captured on camera tampering with ballot papers at a polling unit in the just concluded 2023 presidential, senate and house of representatives elections.
As seen in a viral video on social media, Salami drove into a polling unit in a red car, escorted by personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, and started tearing off selected ballot papers from the ballot box in the presence of some unidentified persons.
The development has stirred mixed reactions on social media as netizens lamented that security operatives witnessed the event and did not report it to their superiors or alert the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was could not authoritatively confirm which candidate’s votes were on the ballot papers destroyed by the politician as of reporting time.
It was had reported that INEC declared Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the Kogi Central Senatorial election winner.
Sadiku-Ohere’s victory means the PDP candidate, Akpoti-Uduaghan lost her bid to represent the senatorial district in the National Assembly.
Announcing the result on Tuesday, in the Okene area of the state, INEC returning officer for Kogi central senatorial district, Rotimi Ajayi, said Sadiku-Ohere garnered 52,132 votes to beat Akpoti-Uduaghan, who had 51,763 votes.
Ajayi said Sadiku-Ohere of the APC, having scored the highest votes in the Kogi central senatorial seat election, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.
Recall that Akpoti-Uduaghan had, in a statement, accused the Kogi government of trying to disenfranchise voters in the state.
She alleged that the government carried out a road excavation around Ihima, Okehi LGA of the state to influence voters’ turnout for the just-concluded presidential and national assembly elections.
But the Governor Yahaha Bello-led government dismissed the claim and said the excavation was a security measure.