Tribunal Upholds Yahaya Bello’s Election

Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello

The election of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi state has been upheld by the Kogi State governorship election tribunal, sitting in Abuja.

James Faleke, had filed a petition challenging the emergence of Mr. Bello as governor and asked the tribunal to declare him governor because the election of late Abubakar Audu was almost concluded before his death. However,  Chairman of the Tribunal, Halima Mohammed, who read the judgment said the petition for lacked merit.

Mr. Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives, ran as deputy governorship candidate with Mr. Audu, who died suddenly before the election was concluded.

Unfortunate, Faleke who was already coasting to victory with Audu before his death was dropped when INEC asked the APC to nominate a replacement for the deceased after they(INEC) declared the election inconclusive. Mr. Yahaya Bello was nominated and Falake was nominated as his deputy, a decision which was promptly rejected by him.

The Chairman of the Tribunal said on Monday that the fact that INEC declared the first election held on November 21, 2015 inconclusive meant no governor or deputy governor-elect had emerged.

She also stated that all votes cast belong to political parties, “it is the political party, through the instrumentality of its candidate that runs for election.”