The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal has affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State, north-central Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, dismissed the case filed against Governor Bello by Musa Wada, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party on Saturday.
The three-man panel of judges, led by Justice Ibrahim Kaigama, after hours of delay, unanimously dismissed Musa Wada’s petition for lack of merit and asked him to pay N500,000 as costs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for his frivolous claims.
Naija News recalls Musa Wada scored 189,704 votes on the platform of the PDP to emerge the first runner-up of the November 16, 2019 election but displeased with the outcome of the election, he went to the tribunal to challenge the victory of Yahaya Bello, who polled 406,222 votes.
Also displeased with the decision of the tribunal today, the PDP candidate has vowed to challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal to seek justice and reclaim what he termed as “stolen mandate”.
Meanwhile, before today’s ruling, the Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal had also dismissed two other petitions against Bello.