Kogi Election Petition: Tribunal dismisses Wada’s petition, reaffirms Bello as Kogi Governor

It was victory again for Governor Yahyah Bello on Tuesday as the Justice Halima Mohammed led Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal validated his election.

The Tribunal dismissed the petition of Alhaji Idris Wada, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP against the election of the election of Bello who contested on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

The tribunal in the unanimous judgment described Wada’s petition as incompetent and lacking in merit.

In the ruling, Justice Mohammed dismissed the claims of Wada that the APC did not have a right to substitute Bello for its original candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu who died as the result of the election which was later declared inconclusive was being announced on 22 November.

Wada had argued that the 21 days period allowed for the substitution had elapsed before the death of Audu.

But in its ruling, the tribunal said the issue of 21 days period fore the substitution of candidates do not apply to Bello since he is a member of APC having emerged second in the party’s gubernatorial primary.

The tribunal also ruled that the nomination of Bello can only be challenged by members of APC who participated in the party’s primaries and not a candidate of another party.

Wada had in his petition before the tribunal argued for the invalidation of Bello’s candidacy in the December 5 rerun election on the grounds that Bello did not satisfy the requirements of the electoral law.

He also told the tribunal that he won the 2015 governorship election in the state.

Wada said he won the election with 204, 877 votes against 6,885 scored by Gov. Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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