Kogi INEC Headquarters Besieged by Mob

LOKOJA, Nigeria – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi State has condemned the siege on its State Headquarters in Lokoja on wednesday morning by a mob that barricaded all entrances to the office and prevented access to staff to carry out routine duties.

The siege also prevented attorneys representing political parties involved in the recent off-cycle governorship election from inspecting documents/materials used in the election.

The Kogi State INEC office has been at the center of controversy since the November 16 governorship election, which was marred by allegations of irregularities and violence. The opposition party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has filed a petition challenging the results of the election, alleging that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) engaged in widespread voter fraud.

The SDP’s petition has been gaining traction, and there have been growing calls for INEC to invalidate the results of the election. The siege on the INEC office today is seen by many as an attempt to intimidate the commission and prevent it from carrying out its duties.

INEC has condemned the siege and has called on the security agencies to investigate and bring those responsible to justice. The commission has also assured all parties and litigants that it is committed to granting unimpeded access to all materials needed to prosecute their petitions.

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