The Supreme Court, on Monday, dismissed the PDP’s appeal challenging the victory of Yahaya Bello as the duly elected governor of Kogi State.
In a unanimous judgment, a seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, affirmed Bello’s election at the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The apex court also affirmed the earlier July 4, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja and the May 23, 2020 majority verdict of the election petition tribunal, which had both upheld the Bello’s victory at the poll.
The apex court resolved all the five issues raised for determination in the appeal against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, who jointly filed the appeal.
Resolving all the five issues in favour of Yahaya Bello, his party, the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the apex court declared the appellants’ appeal as lacking in merit.
“Having resolved all the five issues against the appellants, it is abundantly clear that the appeal is devoid of any scintilla of merit and it is accordingly dismissed,” the apex court ruled.
Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier been declared winner of the Nov.16, 2019 governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had in a concurrent judgment affirmed Yahaya Bello’s re-election on the grounds that Wada and his party failed to prove the allegations of electoral malpractices in their petition.
Dissatisfied with the two judgments of the lower courts, Wada approached the Supreme Court seeking to upturn the judgements of the tribunal and the court of appeal.