Kogi poll: Wada vows to appeal tribunal judgement

Kogi poll: Wada vows to appeal tribunal judgement

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Candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the Kogi State Governorship election, Mr Musa Wada has vowed to challenge the victory of the incumbent Governor of the State, Mr Yahaya Bello, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the court of appeal.

FILE: KOGI STATE GOVERNOR, YAHAYA BELLO, MUSA WADA

He said this while reacting to the Election petition tribunal judgement, which upheld Bello’s election as governor of the State on Saturday.

Wada who relied on the irregularities that characterized the conduct of the poll which was cited by one out of three-man panel, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele who gave a dissenting decision in favour of Wada.

Mr Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 189,704 votes during the election.

Unsatisfied with the outcome of the poll, Mr Wada, had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.

Jibril Okutepa, Counsel to the petitioners, had urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and declare Wada as the duly elected governor of Kogi State.

Okutekpa submitted that his clients won the majority of lawful votes cast in the election.

They called a total of 32 witnesses to prove their claim that the election was marred by irregularities, violence, ballot snatching and non-compliance with the electoral act and the constitution.

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Joseph Daudu, who represented Bello and the APC, said the petitioners were unable to prove their claims, and urged the court to dismiss the petition. Only one witness was called.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was represented by Alex Izinyon and no witness was called.

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