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Wada loses bid to unseat Gov Bello as Kogi governor

07 June 2016, 13:43

Abuja -  The Kogi State Governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed a petition brought before it by the immediate-past governor of the state, Idris Wada challenging the emergence of Yahaya Bello as governor, reports NewsDay.

Wada, who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the November 21 governorship election in the state, had filed a petition before the tribunal, demanding that he be declared the winner of the November 21 and December 5 governorship elections.

Also read: I won Kogi governorship election - Wada

Wada argued that Bello only polled 6 805 votes in the ‎December 5 supplementary election and could not possibly inherit the 240 867 votes polled by the original candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) late Abubakar Audu in the November 21, 2015 election.

The Sun reports that the tribunal on Tuesday ruled that Wada, lacked the locus standi to question the nomination of Bello.

In her verdict, the tribunal chairperson, Hamima Mohammed said the 21-day period for the substitution of candidate did not apply in the matter since Gov Bello is a member of the APC and having come second in the primary election earlier conducted by the party.

She  held that only those who participated in the party’s primary election has the legal right to inquire into the nomination of the party’s candidate.

- News 24


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