Supreme Court Affirms Governor Yahaya Bello’s election, Dismisses PDP and SDP’s Petition


The Supreme Court has upheld Governor Yahaya Bello’s re-election as the Governor of Kogi state.


The Court’s seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Musa Wada on grounds of lacking merit.


The apex court, in the lead judgement authored by Justice John Okoro and read by Justice Uwani Abba Aji, stated that the PDP failed to prove their claim that Bello was not lawfully returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the election held November 16, 2019.


The petition issued by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate in the Kogi State governorship election, Natasha Akpoti for the nullification of the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kog State, was also dismissed by the apex court on the grounds of lacking merit as they failed to lead credible and substantial evidence to support their claims.

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