The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State meaning Bello is still the Kogi State Governor.
In its Judgment delivered on Monday, the Apex Court disagreed with the appeal filed on five grounds by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada.
Mr. Wada claimed that the election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions; rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello didn’t secure the highest vote.
Aside from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, other members of the panel include Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji.
In his reaction to the dismissal of the two cases against him by the Supreme Court, Governor Yahaya Bello said there was no Victor and no Vanquished urging his fellow Kogites to unit in building a virile State.
But the PDP in a swift expressed shock over the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 Kogi governorship election.
The party said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Monday.
Ologbondiyan said though PDP accepted the verdict of the apex court, the judgment fell short of the expectation of the majority of the people of Kogi and Nigerians in general.
He said that Nigerians collectively looked up to the court to remedy the alleged manifest injustices, manipulations, violence, and killings witnessed during the election.
According to him, the judgment has not inspired hope in the national quest to ensure that Nigeria elections are violent-free as well as deter unpatriotic individuals who resort to violence and killing to gain access to power, as allegedly witnessed in the Kogi election.
“However, as a law-abiding party, we call on the people of Kogi and Nigerians at large, to remain calm, yet undeterred in their quest for the entrenchment of credible electoral process in our country.”
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP deeply mourned all those who were murdered and commiserated with all victims of the violence that was unleashed in the governorship election.
“The PDP also commends the resilience of the people of Kogi in pursuing the recovery of their mandate to the very end.
“Such commitment is a demonstration of the undying determination of the people to defend their choice of leadership to the end.”
He pledged that the party would continue to stand with the people of Kogi.
“We charge the people not to allow the judgment make them lose hope in our nation but rather remain united in their commitment, as good citizens, toward entrenching democratic values in our country in spite the odds.”
The Supreme Court judgment on Monday dismissed the appeal by the governorship candidate of the PDP, Musa Wada, challenging the Appeal Court judgment affirming the election of Gov. Yahaya Bello.
The appeal of the SDP was also thrown out in one sweep.