Supreme court affirms Governor Bello’s election

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The Supreme Court, on Monday, dismissed the appeal of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Musa Wada challenging the outcome of the governorship election held on 16th November, 2019 and affirmed the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

It upheld the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which had on July 4, dismissed the case of the PDP and its candidate.

The lead judgement was prepared by Justice Inyang Okoro and read by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji.

The judgement affirmed its satisfaction with the process at the Court of Appeal as the Appellants were given fair hearing.

“The appellants failed to prove before this court why it should disturb the concurrent findings of the two courts below”, Justice Okoro held in the lead verdict.

The ruling stressed that the Appellants failed to prove their case, as they could only produce evidence in 24 out of the 729 polling units in the state.

“It is abundantly clear that this appeal is devoid of any scintilla of merit and it is accordingly dismissed”, the court held.

PDP and its candidate had claimed that Bello was not validly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election.

In their petition at the tribunal marked EPT/KG/GOV/06/2019, they sought the annulment of governor Bello’s re-election, alleging irregularities and electoral malpractice.

They prayed the court to nullify the Certificate of Return that was issued to Bello, or alternatively, direct INEC to conduct supplementary elections in polling units where elections were cancelled.

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