APC Primary: Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Yahaya Bello’s Candidacy

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
a file photo of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello.

 

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.

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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.

Jonathan says four farmers commit suicide over flood disaster

Four farmers in Kogi State have committed suicide as a result of the losses they incurred due to flood.

President Goodluck Jonathan who disclosed this on Sunday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital while undertaking a tour of the areas affected by flood  encouraged the Internally Displaced People, IDPs, in Bayelsa State not to give up hope, assuring that the Federal Government was committed to rehabilitating them.

President Jonathan said, “In Kogi State, four farmers committed suicide because they borrowed money from the bank to buy seeds and flood came and destroyed it. So because they were scared they committed suicide. I was also in a place in Kogi, where a storey building was under water.

“People that are not in IDPs are the people always struggling for relief materials. This flood is all over the world, Asia, Europe, I know that Nigeria flooding is bad. And when we have such disaster food is not the problem, do not make food your priority.

“If you eat once, thank God, I know that none of you would die of hunger here. Before  the middle of November, the water would have receded.”

Kogi state claims ownership of Ibaji oil deposit

The people of Kogi state have expressed displeasure over the  recent declaration of the oil rich Ibaji area as a territory under Anambra state .They say they own the stretch of land where oil deposits are believed to have been found  in the area.

Some protesters in the community claim that the oil deposits expected to service the oil refinery inaugurated in Anambra by President Goodluck Jonathan belongs to their state.

The president had earlier declared Anambra state an oil producing area, a pronouncement that has been flatly rejected by the Kogi state authorities.

Kogi Church Attack: Christians should not retaliate-Wada

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state  has urged Christians in the state and those affected by the recent attack on Deeper Life Bible Church to desist from launching reprisal attacks.

Wada, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, stated this during his visit to the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, who was in the state to condole with members of his congregation.

Pastor Kumuyi was in the state with his wife and some members of his church to condole with the people of the state and the bereaved and wounded members of his church who were recently attacked at the Okene branch of the Church.

The Governor stressed that retaliation would mean that “the designs of the enemies of the state and country had succeeded.”

The governor,  said a lot of findings had been made on who the brains behind the acts were, stressing that the ugly situation had no sectarian or religious undertone.

While thanking the governor for steps taken by the state government, Pastor Kumuyi  stated the attack was premeditated.

He further appealed that a peaceful atmosphere should be provided for the people of the state.