By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

 

In a break up choice of two-to-one, the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State.

The tribunal, headed by Justice Kashima Kaigama, in its majority judgment, rejected the. argument of the bulk place of members of the panel.

It famous that whereas “the petitioners pleaded over-voting, violence, violation of electoral regulation, hijacking of polling models and electoral supplies by armed thugs in seven native authorities areas of Kogi State an they did not help their allegations with adequate proof.

The tribunal discountenanced the testimonies of some witnesses, on the grounds that they have been rumour proof.

It held: ”On the entire, the petitioners did not show the allegation of over voting past affordable doubt.”
The tribunal consequently affirmed the election of Governor Bello and ordered every of the petitioners to pay the sum of N500, 000 to the second and third respondents within the petition.

 

In a dissenting choice,Justice Ohimai Ovbragele faulted the bulk judgment of the panel.

Justice Ovbragele held that Bello was not dully elected governor by lawful majority votes.

The choose famous that evidences have been tendered to the impact that the election that produced Bello was marred with violence and different electoral malpractices.

He stated his colleagues on the panel ought to offer credence to the testimony of Prof. Tanko Ishaya, knowledgeable and an skilled known as by the petitioners, including that Ishaya’s testimony was not contradicted and was not challenged by any of the respondents’ witnesses.

Justice Ovbragele added: “I hereby make an order nullifying the election of the second respondent and INEC ought to withdraw the certificates of return issued to him and conduct a recent election into the governorship place of the state.”

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