Supreme Court Affirms Bello As Kogi Governor
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Mr. Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.
The seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata affirmed the election after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel.
The court also said it would provide reasons for its decision on 30 September.
There had been four appeals against the Court of Appeal rulings with the Supreme Court expected to decide if Bello should continue as Kogi governor or vacate office.
One of the appeals was by the immediate past governor of the state and candidate of the opposition PDP, Idris Wada, while another was by James Faleke who was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu.
Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Bello as the validly elected governor.
Falake was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the governorship election that was to see him elected as governor.
Bello was then presented by the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as replacement for Audu, a decision Faleke challenged, arguing that he should have stepped into the position, having together with the late Audu gone through the election process.
He approached the Supreme Court after being dissatisfied with the judgement of the election tribunal and Appeal Court which both upheld Yahaya’s eligibility.