The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room has called for the total cancellation of the elections held in Kogi State on Saturday due to the high level of violence and vote buying.
The civil society group, one of the accredited observers for the Governorship election added that If the Kogi election is allowed to stand, the 2023 , Ondo Election will be a blood bath.
At a press conference in Abuja, the convener of the situation room, Clement Nwankwo, announced the group’s position on Sunday.
A total of 24 candidates are taking part in the gubernatorial election. Although the registered voters in the state are 1,646,350, about 1,485,828 (90.2 per cent) have collected their PVCs and are thus eligible to vote in the 21 local governments of the state.
The Situation Room, a coalition of prominent civic groups, said the Kogi election represents a major dent to Nigeria’s democracy.
The Nigerian police had also said the challenge of securing voters and electoral officials was tougher in Kogi than Bayelsa.
While governorship election held in both states, there was a rerun election in Kogi west senatorial district.
In an interview with Channels Television on Saturday evening, Frank Mba, force public relations officer, said Kogi recorded a higher level of violence.
“I admit that there have been challenges in Kogi. The situation in Kogi has been challenging, more challenging than Bayelsa,” he said.
“When you are policing an environment where politicians play very desperate games and want to win at all cost, you will be swimming against the tides”.