By Sulaiman Achema, LokojaÂ
Five candidates in the Kogi East senatorial district rerun election for Kogi State said that they have stepped down for Senator Attai Ali Aidoko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the interest of peaceful and transparent election comeÂ February 20, 2016.Â
The candidates made their position known during in a press on Thursday in Lokoja saying they came to sensitize their followers not to waste their votes but to vote for Aidoko.Â
The candidate of United Progressive Party (UPP), Hon. Victor King Akubo who spoke on behalf of the Forum of Contestants for Kogi East Senatorial District, said their decision was for the interest of Igala land.Â
Other candidates in the forum included Ibrajim Gabriel Itodo (Labour Party), Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP) Enemaku Arome, Kowa Party (KP), Okpanachi Nicholas and Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Hon. Abo Samuel.
According to him, INEC had already made the rules for the election known adding that only candidates that contested except the APC will participate as there is no longer any room for substitution.
He said their action was to avoid heating up the polity and waste of resources by candidates and to also project mutual understanding among the people of the district.Â
He said it was necessary to make do with what was available as the APC candidate was barred by the court in an unexplainable circumstance.Â
He added: “We want to categorically state here that the mandate we have given to the candidate of the PDP today was not paid for as it is not for sale as it was being rumoured”.