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Just In: Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello As Kogi Governor, Throws Out Wada’s Petition

The Kogi State election tribunal sitting in the Federal Capital Territory has dismissed the petition filed by Musa Wada of the PDP against the election that brought in Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State.

In the election, Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat Wada who polled 189,704 votes.

Wada had approached the tribunal to challenge the result of the election that brought in Bello as Governor of Kogi State.

Jibril Okutekpa, counsel to the petitioners urged the tribunal to uphold the petition filed by the candidate of the PDP.

In his argument, he said his client won majority of the votes during the elections. The petitioners called a total of 32 witnesses to prove their claim that the election was marred by violence and a lot of irregularities.

Counsel to Bello and the APC, Joseph Daudu told the tribunal that the petitioners have been unable to prove their claim and called for a dismissal of their petition.

Alex Izinyon represented the Independent National Electoral Commission, and he didn’t call any witness when presenting his stand.

In a judgement delivered on Saturday, two out of three judges on the panel upheld Bello’s election as governor.

Ohimai Ovbiagele gave a dissenting decision in favour of Wada as he ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven local government areas.

He said the petitioners were able to prove allegations of over-voting, thuggery and other irregularities.

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