Musa Wada, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16, 2019, governorship election in Kogi State, has vowed to appeal the judgment of the state’s governorship election tribunal.
The Kogi Governorship Election Tribunal on Saturday affirmed the victory of Yahaya Bello as the state’s governor, saying that Wada was not qualified to contest the election.
The tribunal in a split judgment of two to one held that the petitioner (Wada) had failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.
But the dissenting judgment delivered by Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele nullified the election Governor Bello election, noting that the petitioner was able to prove his case.
The judge ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven local government areas where the petitioners proved their allegations of over-voting, thuggery, voter intimidation, massive thumb printing, and other electoral malpractices.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, Wada said the dissenting judgment by Justice Ovbragele is a clear indication that the election of Governor Bello was flawed.
He insisted that the majority judgment of the Tribunal is not a true representation of the events and the will of the Kogi people in the November 2019 election.
He urged the Kogi people to remain patient and law-abiding, saying he remains confident in the appellate courts and the judiciary to restore the electorate’s mandate given to him.