Kogi Elections: Wada Drags APC, Bello, INEC To Tribunal


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Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state has filed a petition, challenging the return of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the November 21, and December 5, state governorship election.

Secretary of the state , Akanji Akinlabi, confirmed yesterday that the governor filed his petition at about 7.15 pm on Tuesday.

Akinlabi said the petition, which was signed by Chief Chris Uche, leading two other Senior Advocates of Nigeria among other lawyers, had the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji  Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as respondents.

Akinlabi said it was not in his place to disclose the grounds of the petition and reliefs being sought by the petitioners to the public.

Wada was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the November 21 governorship election declared inconclusive by the INEC. It was later concluded on December 5, after a supplementary election in 91 polling units across the state.

Earlier on Monday, James Abiodun Faleke, the running mate to the APC candidate in the election, late Prince Abubakar Audu, had also filed a petition at the tribunal, challenging the decision of the INEC in declaring the November 21, election inconclusive.

Faleke, who held that INEC erred in its inconclusive declaration, maintained that November 21 election by all standards was concluded and prayed the tribunal to declare that the APC on the Audu/Faleke ticket won the election.

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