Court Dismisses Appeals Challenging Yahaya Bello’s Re-election

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the appeals challenging the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi State.

A five-man panel of judges dismissed the appeal filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP) in a unanimous judgment on Saturday.

Justice Mohammed Shuaibu who delivered the judgement also affirmed the decision of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed the petition filed by the party.

He also awarded a cost of N100,000 against the appellant.

In its appeal, APP had claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) unlawfully excluded it from the governorship election in Kogi State.

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Similarly, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) against Governor Bello’s victory in the November 2019 governorship election.

DPP’s appeal was also dismissed in a unanimous decision by the judges of the court.

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.

Court Reserves Judgment In Appeals Challenging Yahaya Bello’s Election

A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello during an interview on Channels Television's Sunday Politics on April 19, 2020.
A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on April 19, 2020.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgement in the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, as well as Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), challenging the re-election of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

At the final hearing on Monday, Wada’s counsel, Jibrin Okutepa, urged the appellate court to upturn the decision of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

He insisted that there were overwhelming evidence that the election was marred by electoral malpractices.

On his part, counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Alex Izinyon, asked the court to dismiss the appeals.

Lawyers to Governor Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joseph Daudu and Ahmed Raji, aligned themselves with the submissions of Dr Izinyon.

After listening to the arguments, the five-man panel of justices led by Justice Adamu Jauro reserved judgement in the appeals.

Wada and the PDP had in December 2019 approached the Tribunal, asking it to order INEC to disqualify Governor Bello from contesting the 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.

In the appeal filed by the SDP and its governorship candidate challenging the governor’s election, the appellants also alleged massive electoral malpractices and falsification of certificates on the part of the deputy governor of the state, Edward Onoja.

The five-man panel of justices also reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) to a date that would be communicated to the parties.

Oshiomhole Did Not Offend Anyone And Nobody Offended Him – Gov Bello

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Friday stated that the issues recently experienced in the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not stem from Mr Adams Oshiomhole stepping on anyone’s toes.

Governor Bello stated this while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

The governor was of the opinion that the former national chairman of the APC did not “offend anyone and nobody offended him”.

Mr. Bello also stated that Mr. Oshiomhole has done his best, adding that the former Edo State governor Oshiomhole played his own part and will remain a father.

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“He will continue to play his role in strengthening the party,” Governor Bello opined.

The governor debunked claims that some governors decided to create a crisis in the Party.

Describing the claims as unfounded, Mr. Bello said it is not rational the governors will demolish a house that they built.

According to the governor, “in APC we had no crisis, just a disagreement between members.” 

He expressed gratitude that the APC has President Muhammadu Buhari, “a leader who listens to both sides of an issue”.

Governor Bello said he is positive that the APC today is strong, adding that the storm is over.

Bello Lifts Lockdown In Kabba-Bunu, Insists Kogi Is COVID-19 Free

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

The Kogi State government has lifted the lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state over suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Governor Yahaya Bello announced this on Friday at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

He explained that the decision became necessary after the result of all the samples taken and subjected to tests by the health workers in the local government came out negative.

Following the outcome, the governor insisted that Kogi has remained a COVID-19-free state.

He, however, urged the people of the state to adhere to the protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of the disease.

Governor Bello had ordered a 14-day total lockdown in Kabba-Bubu in a state broadcast on Monday.

He restricted the movement of residents and directed the house-to-house distribution of palliatives to residents within the local government.

The governor also directed that contact tracing should be carried out from one house to another to identify those who might have made contact with the persons said to be the COVID-19 index cases in the state – the Chief Imam of Kabba and his son.

He had also urged health workers who might have made contact with the suspected index cases to go into self-isolation.

Tribunal Victory, An Act Of God – Yahaya Bello

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has commended the judgement of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which upheld his re-election.

He described his victory at the Tribunal as an act of God and a testament to the popular votes cast in his favour by the people of the state.

Governor Bello stated this on Sunday shortly after he observed the Eid prayer at the Lokoja Township Stadium to mark the Eid-El-Fitr in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the electorate re-elected him during the November 2019 governorship election to enable him to consolidate on the achievement recorded in his first tenure.

The governor insisted that his victory which was affirmed on Saturday by the judges of the Tribunal did not come to him as a surprise, as the electorate came out in large numbers to vote for him and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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He stated that the victory has posed a challenge to him and assured the people that he would continue to do his best to ensure that they get good governance in the state.

Governor Bello made the remarks a day after the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Mr Musa Wada, and his party.

In a judgment of two to one, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, held that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumbprinting, and voter intimidation, among other electoral malpractices against the governor.

He also awarded a cost of N1 million to be paid by the petitioners to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Bello, and the APC who were the respondents.

Governor Bello’s re-election was, however, nullified by Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele who gave a dissenting judgment.

Justice Ovbiagele, therefore, 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.

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.

Kogi Election Tribunal Dismisses Akpoti’s Suit Against Bello

A file photo of the SDP governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti.

 

 

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition filed by Natasha Akpoti, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and her party against Governor Yahaya Bello.

A three-man panel of judges led by Justice Kashim Kaigama dismissed the suit in a unanimous judgment on Monday.

The petitioners had filed the suit to challenge the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi.

Delivering the lead judgement, Justice Kaigama held that the petition failed woefully as the testimonies given by the petitioners’ witnesses amounted to hearsay, doubtful, illogical, and of no probative value.

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

The Tribunal, however, awarded a cost of N600,000 to be paid by the petitioners to the three respondents.

They include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC, and Governor Bello.

Gambari’s Appointment, A Round Peg In A Round Hole – Bello

New Chief of Staff to President Muhammdu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

 

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, believes the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to the President is the right step in the right direction.

In a statement on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor described Professor Gambari as a man of many parts whose vast wealth of knowledge and experience remain unrivalled in Africa.

He noted that as a thoroughbred scholar and seasoned career diplomat who served in various national and international capacities, Gambari’s appointment was “no doubt a round peg in a round hole”.

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According to Governor Bello, the new Chief of Staff to the President will bring his wealth of knowledge to bear in the discharge of his new responsibility.

“Just as the Late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari played a prominent role in the success of the Buhari’s administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum will further add more colour to the administration’s achievements,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

The governor added, “Congratulations once again and I pray that the Almighty Allah will give you the needed energy and wisdom to take on this new responsibility”.

COVID-19: Kogi Governor Orders Isolation Of NCDC Officials

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered a delegation of officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to be quarantined at the state Isolation centre for 14 days.

The health worker, who are members of the NCDC Rapid Response Team, were deployed in Kogi to ascertain the true status of the state as a COVID-19-free state.

Governor Bellow, however, directed that they should be isolated before they can take the sample of any resident of the state.

He gave the directive on Thursday when the health officials visited the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

The governor explained that the decision was strictly in line with the laid down procedures of the NCDC and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The delegation led by Dr Noah Andrew had arrived at the Government House in Lokoja to present a letter, entitled ‘Deployment Of Rapid Response Squad To Help In Fighting COVID-19 In Kogi State’ to the governor.

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Dr Andrew said the mission of the centre was to provide logistics to all states of the Federation, including Kogi State.

He added that two members of the team would be left behind to assist the state and support its effort in preventing the disease.

The NCDC official urged the residents to observe social distancing and use face masks at all times, as part of the measures to fight the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the NCDC officials have reportedly fled out of the state for fear of being detained in the isolation centre.

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.

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Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello Loses Sister

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has lost his elder sister, Rabiat Bello.

Rabiat was said to have died on Monday night following a protracted illness at the age of 59.

A day after the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with the governor on the demise of his sister.

The President said he understood the bond and affection of a united family and the pain when one loses a dearly beloved elder sister.

He prayed Almighty Allah to comfort the family of Bello, relatives, and friends who mourn the passage of Rabiat.

President Buhari noted that Governor Bello has very fond memories of his sister who brought him up from childhood.

“May Allah forgive her shortcomings and reward her good deeds with paradise,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.