Kogi Governorship Election: Tribunal Delivers Judgment In Four Appeals

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A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja is set to deliver a judgment in four petitions challenging the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of the state.

In the appeal filed by Musa Wada and the Peoples Democratic Party, they alleged that Governor Bello’s election is riddled with illegal thumb printing of ballot papers while the petition of Mrs Natasha Akpoti and the Social Democratic Party claims that the election was fraudulent.

The Democratic Peoples Party and Action Peoples Party also want the tribunal to upturn the election of Yahaya Bello on grounds of electoral infractions and irregularities.

The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja had in May, affirmed the election of incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello.

In a judgment of two to one, delivered by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, the tribunal held that the petitioner (Musa Wada), had failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of one million naira to be paid by the petitioners, PDP and Musa Wada to INEC, Yahaya Bello and APC who are the respondents.

In a dissenting judgment, however, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele nullified the election of the governor and ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven local government areas where the petitioners proved their allegations of over-voting, thuggery, voter intimidation, massive thumb printing, and other electoral malpractices.

Chief Judge Of Kogi State, Justice Ajanah Dies

 

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah has died.

Justice Ajanah died in Abuja in the early hours of Sunday.

Ajanah who hails from Okehi local government area of Kogi State died after a brief illness at the age of 64 years.

His death comes few days after the Kogi State Government lost the President of the Customary Court of Appeal Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga after a brief illness also.

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Reacting to Ajanah’s death, the State Government said the passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the government and people of Kogi State.

In a communique by Hon. Kingsley Fanwo – the Commissioner for Information and Communications, the government said the Chief Judge will be remembered for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

The statement further noted that the late Justice will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice.

“He was a colossus in the noble profession of law,” the statement partly read.

While assuring that it will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial, the state government said Ajanah’s shoes will be impossible to fill.

‘It’s Real’: Melaye Says He Knows COVID-19 Patient In Kogi

A file photo of Senator Dino Melaye

 

Former Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, says the COVID-19 is real in Kogi State, contrary to claims by the state government that the virus doesn’t exist.

In a statement made available to Channels Television on Saturday, Melaye noted that not only does COVID-19 exist in the state but also, one of the victims is someone who he knows personally.

“I want to announce that the COVID-19 case in Kogi is real and authentic and cannot understand why any responsible government will want to deny and invariably kill her citizens,” the senator said.

“One of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me. I cannot be part of those who will play politics with the lives of my people. COVID-19 is real but not a death sentence if handled early enough”.


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Melaye, therefore, urged that family members of the Kabba victim who got referral to Abuja from the Federal Medical Center in Lokoja and all those who had contact with him should please surrender themselves for test so as to curtail the spread of the virus.

He also urged the state government to “come down from her imaginary high horse and start contact tracing to help curtail the spread”, adding that “it is illogical to think we will be free with our proximity to affected states”.

His comments come days after the state government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) differed on whether the state has recorded a COVID-19 case.

While the NCDC reported two cases on Wednesday for the state, the government maintained the results were “fraudulent”.

Senator Melaye is, however, not the only one who has faulted that claim.

The National Medical Association has also described the attitude of the state government on COVID-19 issues as “both ignorantly meddlesome and irresponsible.”

Kogi Gov Election: PDP’s Musa Wada Vows To Appeal Tribunal Judgment

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 16, 2019, governorship election in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, has vowed to appeal the judgment of the election tribunal given on Saturday.

He said this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Abuja later on Saturday.

Musa had filed a petition challenging the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

But in a judgment of two to one, delivered by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, the tribunal held that the petitioner had failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of one million naira to be paid by the petitioners, PDP and Musa Wada to INEC, Yahaya Bello and APC who are the respondents.

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Meanwhile, in a dissenting judgment, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele nullified the election of Governor Yahaya Bello and ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven local government areas where the petitioners proved their allegations of over-voting, thuggery, voter intimidation, massive thumb printing, and other electoral malpractices.

In reaction, Wada said the dissenting judgment by Justice Ovbragele is a clear indication that the election of Governor Bello was flawed.

He, therefore, insisted that the majority judgment of the Tribunal is not a true representation of the events of November 16, 2019, in Kogi State.

Yahaya Bello Sworn In For Second Term

 

The inauguration ceremony of Governor Yahaya Bello for another term in office is ongoing in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Governor Bello as well as his deputy and running mate in the November 2019 election, Edward Onoja, were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the State.

The event was attended by some governors and top government officials among other dignitaries.

Watch the video below:

PHOTOS: At Least 15 Killed As Gunmen Attack Kogi Community

 

At least 15 persons have been killed by gunmen who attacked Tawari community in the Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State Police Command, Mr Williams Anya, confirmed the reports on Friday.

 

Buildings were also said to have been burnt down, including the palace of the king of the community.

 

 

Women Protest In Kogi, Demand Justice For Murdered PDP Leader

Women Protest in Kogi over murder of PDP women leader, Mrs Salome Abuh on December 4, 2019. Photos: ChannelsTV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Women in Kogi State took to the streets on Wednesday to protest over the killing of their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Mrs Salome Abuh.

The women who marched to the office of the Human Right Commission in Abuja, are demanding justice over the brutal murder.

Mrs. Abuh was burnt alive in her home by suspected political thugs after the Governorship election in the state last month.

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Meanwhile, six suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder.

State Govt Alleges Plans To Disrupt Kogi West Senatorial Rerun

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others

 

The Kogi state government has raised an alarm over plans by the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, to disrupt Saturday’s senatorial rerun in Kogi west.

The rerun is expected to take place in 52 polling units after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the November 16 election inconclusive due to reported cases of violence during and after the poll.

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Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Security, Jerry Omodara, while briefing journalists on the arrangement put in place for the rerun election, alleged that Senator Melaye has arranged with hoodlums to force INEC to cancel the election.

He called on security agencies to hold the opposition party responsible if there are breaches that may hamper the integrity of the election.

Attempts by Channels Television to reach the PDP and Senator Melaye to clear the allegations failed as at the time of filing this report.

Kogi/Bayelsa Elections: Lawan, Gbajabiamila Congratulate Bello, Lyon

File Photo: Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates on their victory in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Lawan particularly rejoiced with the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on his reelection and David Lyon for making history as the first governor Bayelsa has elected on a platform different from the outgoing ruling party in the state.

The Senate President praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a level playing field that enabled the people to assert their sovereignty and choose their leaders.

“The impressive turnout of voters in the two states is a ringing endorsement of democracy by Nigerians as their preferred system, notwithstanding its current challenges,” Lawan said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi.

Lawan also thanked the security personnel for their sacrifices for peace and order in the face of great difficulties.

The Senate President enjoined the winners to be magnanimous in victory by accommodating all sections of the state in their governments and development agenda.

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Lawan also admonished the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, to learn from the challenges experienced in the two states with a view to constantly improving its institutional performance and the electoral process.

The Senate President called on the relevant agencies to ensure thorough prosecution of the electoral offenders in the two states to serve as deterrence to others.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has also congratulated the winners.

In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila said the victory recorded by the APC candidates in the two states was an indication of the wide acceptance that the party enjoys.

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The Speaker said Bayelsa State, in particular, has now joined the Next Level train, having seen the massive change driven by the APC-led government at the federal level.

“It is gladdening to know that our party, the APC, came out victorious in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. This is a testimony that Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country are beginning to realise what the APC means for the country.

“This victory is not for the party or its members alone, but for the entirety of Nigerians.

“May I call on the two governors-elect to be magnanimous in victory. The APC stands for the good of Nigerians, and I know the two governors-elect are part of the journey to make Nigeria better,” the Speaker said.

He called on the people of the two states, including members of the opposition parties, to join hands with the governors-elect to make their states great.

Three Killed As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Kogi

Scene of the explosion of the petrol tanker in Felele, Lokoja, Kogi State capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Three people were killed on Monday morning following a petrol tanker explosion in the Felele area, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the accident occurred after the brake of the trailer failed and the driver lost control. The tanker then rammed into a motorcycle resulting in multiple accidents and eventual explosion of the fuel-laden tanker.

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A passenger bus and motorcycle were also involved in the accident.

The tricycle rider was burnt beyond recognition in the inferno.

The Federal Fire Service sent to cover the Kogi election later came to the scene to put out the fire.

Those who sustained injuries from the accident were later rushed to the hospital.

See photos from the accident below…

 

LIVE: Collation Of Results For Kogi Governorship Election

 

A day after the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, voters are awaiting the outcomes to know who will govern the states for the next four years.

In both states, results have started trickling in at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collation centres.

Catch up on the details of the keenly contested elections here.

Stay with us for live updates on the results.


 

See the table of results of the KOGI GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION announced so far below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL


7:27 PM: INEC’s Returning Officer, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announces that collation of results will continue on Monday.

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06:53 PM

Dekina LGA

APC – 8,948

PDP – 16,575

SDP – 321


04:15 PM

Bassa LGA

APC – 8,386

PDP – 9,724

SDP – 269


04:02 PM

Ofu LGA

APC – 11,006

PDP – 12,264

SDP – 531


03:39 PM:

Ankpa LGA

APC – 11,269

PDP – 28,108

SDP – 399


15:38 pm

Collation of results resumes.


14: 30pm

The Collation Center goes on an hour break. Meanwhile, collation of results is yet to commence for Bayelsa State.

14:24 pm

Yagba West

APC – 7,868

PDP – 8,860

SDP – 211

The Returning Officer reported that there was one case of ballot snatching.


14:05 pm

Olamaboro LGA

APC – 16,876

PDP – 8,155

SDP – 262


13:51 pm

Idah LGA

APC – 4,602

PDP – 13,962

SDP – 221

The Returning Officer stated that there were irregularities such as over-voting and card reader malfunction in some units.


 

13:39 pm:

Ajaokuta LGA

APC – 17952

PDP – 5,565

SDP – 323

 


13:33 pm

Mopa-muro LGA

APC – 4,953

PDP – 3,581

SDP – 95


13:17 pm

Okehi LGA

APC – 36,954

PDP – 478

SDP – 3,095


12:49 pm

Kabba/Bunu

Collation Officer returns to reannounce with results. He says there were some issues in about seven wards.

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364


12:40 pm

Yagba East LGA

APC – 6,735

PDP – 7,546

SDP – 220


12:32 pm:

Koton Karfe LGA

APC – 14,097

PDP – 9,404

SDP – 657


12:07 pm:

Kabba/Bunu

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364

The collation officer was, however, stopped from announcing further results and asked to go and reconcile figures for his summary.


11:48 am

Okene LGA

APC – 112,762

PDP – 139

SDP – 50


11:34 am: 

Igala Mela/Odolu

APC – 8,075

PDP – 11,195

SDP – 208


11:16 am

Adavi LGA

APC – 64,657

PDP – 366

SDP – 279

PDP agent rejected the results on the basis that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is ‘false’.


11:06 am

Omala LGA

APC – 8,473

PDP – 14,403

SDP – 567

According to the Returning Officer, results were cancelled in five Registration Areas due to violence and disruption of the electoral process and threats to life.


10:57: am

Ijumu LGA

APC – 11,425

PDP – 7, 587

SDP – 223

The Returning Officer reported cases of violence and card reader malfunction.


10:45 am

Ogori-Magongo LGA

APC – 3,679

PDP – 2,145

SDP – 244

According to the Returning Officer, elections were peaceful in this LG.


 

9:30 am: Results for Kogi gov election start arriving at Collation Centre

KOGI STATE


 

Kogi Election: PDP Agent Rejects Results From Adavi, Okene

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected election results from two local government areas in Kogi State.

At the INEC collation office in Lokoja, the PDP’s agent, Mr. Joe Agada stated that the figures reeled out by the Collection Officers were outrageous.

Mr. Agada reacted majorly to results from Adavi and Okene Local Government Areas, where the ruling All Progressive Congress won with a very humongous margin.

According to results as reeled out by the Collection Officers of the two local government areas in question, the All Progressives Congress polled – 64,657 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party polled – 366 votes in Adavi and in Okene, the APC polled 112,762 votes while the PDP polled only 139 votes.

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Reacting to the results from Adavi, Mr. Agada argued that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is false.

In the case of Okene LGA, the PDP agent said that it is surprising that all of a sudden, the voters’ statistics for the council has changed in the gubernatorial election, away from what it was in the Presidential election conducted earlier in the year.

He strongly condemned the results and urged the electoral body to disregard the figures as presented, stating that the anomalies are outrageous.

In reply to Mr. Agada’s take on the results, Professor Ibrahim Umar, the Returning Officer of the Kogi Governorship election, asked the PDP agent to put his observations and complaints to paper, and file it at the appropriate quarters.

Prof. Umar, the Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, noted that at the appropriate time, the electoral body will look into the complaints of all parties involved and act accordingly.