Supreme Court Upholds Election Of Yahaya Bello As Kogi Governor, Dismisses PDP And SDP’s Petition

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The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

The appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Musa Wada was dismissed by the Court’s seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko, on grounds of lacking merit.

Mr Wada claimed that the election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions; rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello didn’t secure the highest vote.

The apex court also dismissed the seven grounds of appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate, Natasha Akpoti, which includes an allegation of age falsification against the Kogi State Deputy Governor

Other members of the panel include Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji.

Mr Wada approached the Supreme Court after his petition was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on July 4th, 2020 with a split decision of two to one.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned Bello as the duly elected governor on November 18, 2019, having scored the highest number of votes in the poll.

He got a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Wada who scored 189,704 votes and Akpoti who garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

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