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Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello’s Election As Kogi Governor

The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as governor.

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The petition was been filed by Musa Wada, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 gubernatorial election.

In a judgment of two to one, delivered by the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, on Saturday, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices, according to Channels Television.

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The tribunal also awarded a cost of N1 million against the petitioners; PDP and Wada, to be paid to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC), who are the respondents.

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However, in a dissenting judgment, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele nullified Bello’s election, and 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.

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