To Be or Not to Be: Kogi Governor Knows Fate Today 


The Kogi State Governor, Yayaha Bello, will Monday, know whether he will continue as governor of the state or not as the state governorship Election Tribunal is set to deliver judgments in petitions filed by different political parties, challenging his emergence as of the state.

Many interest groups, including James Faleke, who was running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who died in the middle of the governorship in the state, November 2015, had filed suits against Bello, wanting him removed as governor.

From today, Monday to Wednesday, the Kogi State Election Tribunal will deliver judgments in the various applications filed before it.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had declared the election inconclusive. Before then Audu was cruising home to victory, when suddenly he died.

INEC requested APC to nominate another candidate to replace him.

Bello was nominated by the APC been the runner up in the primaries of the party. But Faleke rejected his nomination, arguing that as the running mate to the late Audu, he ought to be the authentic replacement.

He thus defiled party arrangement and filed application before the Election Tribunal challenging Bello’s emergence.

Also, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Idris Wada, challenged the decision of INEC asking for replacement, arguing either the result of the election was outrightly cancelled or he be declared as the winner of the election.

He is also before the Tribunal asking that Bello’s election be declared null and viod.

There are other smaller parties such as the Labour Party and the African Democratic Congress, that have also approached the Tribunal asking it to remove Bello.

The Tribunal, chaired by Halima Mohammed, is sitting at the premises of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court in Jabi, Abuja.

It was gathered that after listening to all parties to the various petitions, the Tribunal is ready to deliver judgment in all the petitions.

It will however, begin, with Faleke’s petition on Monday, after which that of Wada will be delivered on Tuesday.

Judgment on the petition by the other parties will also be delivered on Wednesday.



Author: News Editor

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