Wednesday, 21 September 2016

PDP mute as Bello floors Faleke, Wada at Supreme Court

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, yesterday, as the Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment by seven-man panel of justices, upheld the election that brought him to power.

The panel, headed by Justice Sylvester Nwuta, dismissed as lacking in merit four separate appeals that challenged Bello’s emergence as governor. Whereas two of the appeals the apex court dismissed were lodged by erstwhile running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu, James Faleke and immediate past governor of the state, Idris Wada, two other appeals were filed by the Labour Party and the African Democratic Congress, ADC.

While Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun delivered the lead verdict in Faleke’s appeal, head of the panel, Justice Ngwuta gave lead judgment that dismissed Wada’s case. In all the four judgements, the apex court affirmed August 4 verdict of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which also dismissed all the appeals.

It held that the appellate court was right when it upheld the June 6 judgment of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. However, the Supreme Court said it would, September 30, adduce reasons for it deciding to uphold Bello’s election victory.

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