S’Court fixes Tuesday for judgment on Kogi governorship election cases

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

Supreme Court has fixed judgment in two separate appeals by former governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada and former APC governorship running mate, James Faleke, challenging the election and swearing in of the incumbent governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Both Wada and Faleke, had both lost their respective appeal at the Appeal Court which upheld the election of Bello.

Faleke contested the election with late Abubakar Audu as the running mate of the former governor on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

On the part Faleke, a five-member panel of the appellate court, had in a unanimous judgement read on August 4, 2016, upheld the verdict of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, which dismissed James Faleke’s petition.

But in Wada’s appeal, Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya gave a dissenting judgment cancelling the election of Bello on the grounds that he was not validly nominated for the election following Audu’s death and he failed to nominate a running mate before the election.

He ordered the withdrawal of the governor’s Certificate of Return and the conduct of fresh election in the state.

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