Prince Abubakar Audu died in the middle of an inconclusive electoral political process. Late Audu had over 41 thousand votes ahead of his closest opponent Captain Idris Wade(The incumbent Governor of Kogi State). Nigeria Electoral Umpire INEC promised to schedule a mini election in some polling units to complete the process.
As soon as the news of Prince Audu’s death hit the public domain , legal experts started spinning versions of what will fellow this development. Some cited the case of Alh.Atiku Abubakar of Adamawa State in 1999 while other confused us with various provisos of the constitution to justify their interpretation of the situation. All do not appeal to me and millions of other Nigerians.
We know that commonsense is no law and can’t be deploy to interpret the law. This case has no precedence in the history of our nation. And head or tail,a constitutional crisis is knocking at the door, and we better prepare for it.
Very soon below questions must be answered by Nigeria judiciary or lawmaking bodies:
1) Can Prince Audu’s running mate claim votes they got in the inconclusive process of 21/11/2015?
2) Can APC bring a fresh candidate other than the Audu’s running mate?
3) Can INEC go ahead and finish up the process now that one of the contestant is dead?
4) What will be the status of incumbent Governor in case there is an extension of 90 days before a fresh election?
There is no doubt lawyers will want to exploit this unfortunate situation to deepen the crisis. This might likely come from the camp of Captain Wada- who will benefit from a complete fresh poll and extension of the period before such elections are organize. APC lawyers will look for holes that will force a completion of the process because of the advantage they have over PDP and Wada. A combination of these colliding forces will heat up the body polity.
From all indications, NASS might have to give birth to another child of necessity to avoid a constitutional crisis that will undermine the country’s democracy. It’s a hard call, but this is when patriotism must take over partisan politics. Nation first, party and ambition second.
Can somebody tell those wig-wearing guys and ladies to give us a break?