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Appeal Court: Governor Yahaya Bello Floors PDP, Others

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The court of appeal has validated the November 2019 election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, July 4, the court held that Bello was duly elected governor of the state.

The appeal court dismissed the appeal of four political parties challenging Bello’s victory; describing it as lacking in merit.

The judgment was handed down by a five-man panel of justices who also fined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) N300,000.

Recall that Governor Bello defeated the likes of PDP’s Musa Wada on the road to winning his second term in November 2019.

The victory in the election earned Bello his second term as Governor.

The parties which appealed the judgment include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Action Peoples Party (APP), and the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).

PDP’s Musa Wada was also penalized for wasting the time of the court with his appeal. Wada was, therefore, ordered to pay N100,000 each to Governor Bello, the APC and INEC, who were listed as respondents in the appeal of the opposition party’s candidate.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, November 18, 2019, declared Yahaya Bello, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, winner of the Kogi governorship election.

Ibrahim Garba, the vice-chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), and returning officer for the commission, gave the final figures.

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