Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, election victory has been upheld by the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.
The court, in separate unanimous judgements on Saturday, by a five-man panel led by Justice Adamu Jauro, dismissed four appeals that challenged the return of Governor Bello as the valid winner of the gubernatorial election that held in the state on November 16, 2019.
The appellate court held that the appeals, which sought to upturn earlier verdicts of Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the governorship contest, lacked merit.
The court said it found no reason to dislodge decision of the tribunal that the petitioners failed to prove their case to warrant the nullification of Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration that governor Bello garnered the highest number of valid votes cast at the election.
Consequently, the appellate court, dismissed the four appeals that were filed against INEC, governor Bello and APC, by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Actions People’s Party, APP, the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and the Democratic People’s Party, PDP.