Kogi: S’Court fixes next week Tuesday to pronounce on validity of Gov Yahaya Bello’s election

sup3-jpg-236-56f29e6bf10f4A full panel of Supreme Court will, next week Tuesday, deliver judgment in two separate appeals maintained by former governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada and former APC governorship running mate, James Faleke, against the emergence of Mr Yahaya Bello as Kogi State governor.

Wada and Faleke, had both appealed the decision of the Appeal Court which upheld the election of Governor Yahaya Bello.

A five-member panel of the justices of the intermediate appellate court, had in a unanimous judgement read by Justice Jummai Sankey on August 4, 2016, upheld the verdict of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, which dismissed James Faleke’s petition.

Faleke, it would be recalled, had contested the election as running mate to late Abubakar Audu.

But in Wada’s appeal, Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya gave a dissenting judgment cancelling the election of Bello on the grounds that he was not validly nominated for the election following Audu’s death and that he failed to nominate a running mate before the election.

He ordered the withdrawal of the governor’s Certificate of Return from him and the conduct of fresh election in the state.

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The dissenting judgment, it was learnt, is causing panic in Kogi State particularly in the camp of the sitting governor in the event the Supreme Court reasons along the Ogbuinya’s verdict in the case.