The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by Michael Elokun and two others challenging the emergence of Mister Yahaya Bello as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 governorship election held in Kogi state.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Steven Adah on Thursday, the court held that the nomination of candidates is the duty of political parties and not that of members of any constituency.
The three-man panel of the court further held that the appellants never contested the governorship primaries and therefore lacked the locus to challenge the nomination of Mister Bello as the candidate of the APC.
Justice Adah, while affirming the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on the twentieth of March, 2018, said the appeal has become an academic exercise.
The appellants had asked a Federal High Court to declare that Governor Bello was not a qualified candidate having not been a registered voter in Kogi State.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State says the development strides of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is enough for the party to retain the presidential seat in 2023.
“APC has come to stay. We are developing the country, the people are happy with our programmes, we are touching lives and we are securing the nation,” the governor said when he appeared as a guest on Thursday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“Why won’t they (Nigerians) give us a chance once again to continue to produce the president of this country? APC by the grace of God will produce the next president and sweep across the legislative houses and the governorship across the country.”
While the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the Presidency of political scavenging in the wake of the defection by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Bello sees the party as no match for the APC.
A Gone Party?
The PDP, he argued, is building castles in the air and does not have what it takes to contend with the ruling party.
“APC is a party of the people, for the grassroots. You can see the exodus. I don’t know what is giving them (PDP) that confidence,” the governor added. “Even though power belongs to God and God gives power to who He wills, at this stage, I can assure you that PDP is gone and is going and going.”
‘Nine To Go’
Bello claimed that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and eight more governors from the PDP would soon join his party, saying that Umahi’s defection was a testimony of the progress in the ruling party.
“I said it long ago, not today when the party (PDP) was going through some challenges; I did say that there are 10 governors from the opposition parties that will join APC.
“We have seen one; one that is even as equal as 10, he has joined us, nine to go. Just mark my words; I don’t lie, I will never lie, and I will never deceive anybody,” the Kogi governor stressed.
The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.
The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.
Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.
In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.
While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.
Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.
The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.