The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has confirmed receiving a replacement of Audu Abubakar from the All Progressives Congress for Kogi gubernatorial elections.
The party forwarded the name of the first runner-up of its governorship primaries in the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to INEC as replacement for its late candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Bello will now run against the incumbent Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Saturday's supplementary poll.
Deputy Director, Publicity of INEC, Nick Dazang, who confirmed the development last night in Abuja yesterday however, also said the commission was fully ready for the exercise.
"They have sent the name of their replacement candidate, the second runner-up in their primaries, that is Yahaya Bello, to the commission.
"The commission is committed to conduct the two elections,that is why in respect of kogi, in spite of what happened, we came out with public notice which invites the APC to submit its replacement candidate for the election", he said.
Dazang said that as part of the commission’s preparations for the Bayelsa poll, INEC would be holding stakeholders’ forum in the state today (Tuesday), adding that INEC had concluded the distribution of non-sensitive materials for the Bayelsa poll.
According to him,"after the stakeholders’ forum, the commission will immediately on Wednesday commence the distribution of sensitive materials in the state. We are inviting the representatives of political parties, their agents, observers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media among others, to witness the distribution of sensitive materials"