Appeal Court affirms governor Yahaya Bello’s election

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Saturday affirmed the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

A five-man panel of the court was unanimous in dismissing the four appeals filed, challenging the decisions of the election tribunal which earlier upheld Bello’s election.

The panel led by Justice Adamu Jauro, held that the appellants were unable to establish their claim that the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal erred in upholding Bello’s election.

The appellate court, while dismissing appeals, found that they were without merit.

The court held it found no reason to dislodge the decision of the tribunal that the petitioners failed to prove their case .

The appellate court held that there was no basis for it to tamper with the result of the election as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which was affirmed by the election tribunal.

The appeals were filed by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), the Actions People’s Party (APP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and their candidates.

Bello was re-elected as Kogi Governor as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November 2019.

According to INEC, Bello scored 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada (of the PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.

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