Supreme Court upholds governor’s election victory

The Supreme Court has upheld the victory of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello in the December 2015 elections.

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello

The Supreme Court has upheld the victory of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello in the December 2015 elections.

The apex court reached the verdict on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, adding that it would provide a detailed judgment on Friday, September 30.

The court also dismissed the petitions filed by James Faleke and Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Bello’s victory.

Faleke was originally the running mate of late APC candidate, Prince Audu Abubakar in the November 21, 2015, elections in the state.

Audu died on November 22, 2015, after contesting alongside Faleke in the polls which were subsequently declared inconclusive.

Bello was then chosen by the APC under authorization by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while Faleke was chosen to be his deputy

Faleke however refused to fill the position insisting instead that he be sworn in as governor since Bello didn't contest in the initial election.

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