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Proceedings Begin at Supreme Court in Kogi Election Battle


Proceedings began around 11 am on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at the Supreme Court in Abuja in respect of the protracted governorship battle in Kogi State in the North-Central geopolitical zone of the country.

The written briefs of the various counsel in the case were being distributed to the judges of the apex court about that time and the judges were studying the briefs.

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Effigy of Justice at the Federal High Court Lagos

The apex court has been invited to resolve a three-pronged tussle.

One, Hon. James Faleke, former running mate to late All Progressives Congress candidate in the Kogi governorship election, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, had appealed to the apex court, urging the court to declare him the governor.

This was after the Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had dismissed his case.

Two, Mr. Yahaya Bello, also of the APC, who was returned as elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is insisting he is duly elected as governor.

Three, the former Governor of the state, Captain Idris Wada of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, had also cross-appealed at the apex court, claiming he is the rightful person to continue as governor. He was the governor of the state until the last election.

Both the Kogi State Elections’ Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in Abuja had approved Bello’s election and dismissed the cases of Faleke and Wada.

The apex court will, therefore, bring the issue of who the authentic governor of the state is to a close with its verdict today (Tuesday, September 20). .


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