…minority verdict nullifies his election in a 2-to-1 judgment
In a split judgment, Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been confirmed as the winner of the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship poll in the state.
The Kogi Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Saturday dismissed the petition of Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the election results.
Wada had alleged that the election was marred with violence and other irregularities including corrupt practices.
PerSecondnews recalls that a PDP women leader was roasted in her house in wake of electoral violence in the state while Sen. Dino Melaye’s brother was shot dead at a polling station.
Giving the majority judgment, the tribunal Chairman Justice Kashim Kaigama, dismissed Wada’s petition on the grounds that it was “lacking in merit.”
He said the evidence of some of the witnesses was contradictory and amounted to “documentary hearsay.”
The tribunal awarded a N500,000 cost against the petitioners.
However, in a dissenting judgment, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, who disagreed with the judgment, held that Bello was not duly elected as governor and nullified his election.
He ruled: “I hereby nullify the election of the Bello and make an order that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conduct fresh elections within three months from today.”