African Action Congress in a statement issued on Wednesday said that the All Progressive Congress in a move to shop legitimacy for the electoral violence has listed the party as one of the parties endorsing the election that took place in Kogi State on Saturday.
AAC termed the Saturday, November 11 governorship election in Kogi State as an election filled with “gross malfeasance and fraud” and has denied endorsing the outcome.
The party has insisted that the process is short of every element of a free, fair and credible poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Ododo, as the winner of the governorship election in Kogi state.
Residents of Magongo in Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi State had protested that results had been written on result sheets while accreditation and voting were yet to commence.
The residents who stormed at Magongo RAC centre expressed their displeasure that INEC officials in collaboration with APC officials had already written results of the various polling units in the local government even before election had started.
Sequel to the protest, INEC cancelled the election in 67 polling units in the local government.
However, reacting to the report that some political parties including AAC had endorsed the election as free, fair and credible and acceptable to opposition political parties, the leadership of the AAC denied such endorsement.
AAC in a statement issued on Wednesday said that APC in a desperate move to shop legitimacy for the electoral violence has mischievously listed the party as one of the parties endorsing the election that took place on Saturday.
The statement partly read: “In a desperate move to shop legitimacy for the electoral violence, the misconduct, gross malfeasance and fraud that occasioned Kogi elections conducted by both INEC and Yahaya Bello, the APC has mischievously listed our party, the AAC as one of the parties endorsing the charade that took place on Saturday.
“We want to state clearly that our party, the African Action Congress did and will not endorse the criminality of Yahaya Bello, his stooge and their party, the APC.
“We maintain that the electoral processes fell short of every elements of freeness or fairness and until power is given based on the freewill of the people, there’s no way bourgeoisie democracy can deliver the aspirations of the people.”