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Kogi: Appeal Court Rules On Yahaya Bello Election Victory

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has struck out the appeal brought before it by Michael Elokun and two others challenging the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Recall that Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had, in 2018, dismissed the suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs, Mr. Michael Elokun, Mrs. Hawa Audi and Mr. Ibrahim Sule had no business instituting the case.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, the three-member panel-led by Justice Steven Adah, backed the ruling of Justice John Tsoho.

According to the Appeal Court, the appellants filed a case in the lower court in 2016 challenging the election of Yahaya Bello held in 2015 which makes the suit incompetent in the face of the law.

Justice Adah ruled that Elokun and two others had no sufficient interest in the Kogi State governorship election to warrant them to institute the Laval action.

Justice Adah said that it’s the political party that has the power to nominate a candidate for the party, adding that, “We’ve nothing to add to the decision of the lower court on the issue of locus standi of the appellants.

“The Appellants have not sufficiently shown any interest in the Kogi state governorship seat to challenge the decision of the lower court.

“The decision of the lower court is hereby affirmed,” Justice Adah said and therefore dismissed the appeal.

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