Appeal Court affirms Yahaya Bello’s election Victory


A five man panel of the court of appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by the Social Democratic Party, challenging the election of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi state.

In a separate but unanimous judgement the court led by Adamu Jauro dismissed the appeals for lacking in merit.

The SDP, alongside the Peoples Democratic Party and other parties that took part in the 2019, had filed the appeal on grounds that the polls was marred by over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation and other electoral malpractices.

But ruling on the matter today, the court held that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations.

Bello, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was reelected as governor of the state on November 16, 2019, after he polled 406,222 votes to defeat Musa Wada of the PDP who garnered 189,704 votes.

SDP candidate, Natasha Akpoti came in third the position with 9,482 votes.

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