We do not think the unfortunate death of AUDU can change the results already declared or INEC’S rescheduled elections.Please remember it is not AUDU’S name that is on the ballot paper but that of the party! APC may likely be asked to pick a replacement before or after the rescheduled election but not before due honors and decent burial are given to the former Governor.
Among the aspirants who contested with late Gov Audu for the APC ticket are former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Clarence Olorunfemi, erstwhile National Assembly member, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, a prominent lawyer, Chief Ocholi (SAN) (now a minister), Senator Nicholas Ugbani, Mr. Suleman Baba and Timi Nda Diche, amongst others. APC may therefore pick any of these as its flag bearer to replace AUDU.
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What The Electoral Acts Says About The Death Of a Candidate
The untimely death of APC governorship aspirant in Kogi state Prince Abubakar Audu, who is also leading in yesterday governorship election in Kogi state have thrown up issues of what next the election umpire INEC will do. The Nigeria constitution only made mention of death of elected candidate that is yet to be sworn in. The 2010 Electoral acts in section 36, states that
SECTION 36 – Death of a candidate – (1) If after the time for the delivery of nomination paper and before the commencement of the poll, a nominated candidate dies, the Chief National Electoral Commissioner or the Resident Electoral Commissioner shall, being satisfied of the fact of the death, countermand the poll in which the deceased candidate was to participate and the Commission shall appoint some other convenient date for the election within 14 days.
(2) The list of voters to be used at a postponed election shall be the official voters register, which was to be used if the election had not been postponed.
This is the closest the electoral acts states regarding Prince Abubakar Audu Death