The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi state, as the court disagreed with the five grounds of appeal filed by the PDP candidate, Musa Wada.
In a unanimous judgment delivered, the court’s seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko, dismissed the appeal by the People’s Democratic Party PDP and its candidate in the election.
Justice John Okoro authored the lead judgment, which was read by Justice Uwani Abba Aji, in which the court held among others, that the appeal was without merit.
In the same vein, the court has also rejected the request by the Social Democratic Party SDP and its candidate in the last governorship election in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti for the nullification of the election of Governor Yahaya Bello.
In a judgment on Monday, a seven-man panel of the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, was unanimous in dismissing the appeal by the SDP and Akpoti, for lacking in merit.
The court upheld the concurrent decisions of the trial tribunal and the Court of Appeal that the petitioners failed to prove their claim that Bello was not lawfully returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC as the winner of the election held November 16, 2019. NEWS UPDATE