The Supreme Court has affirmed the victory of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello in the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.
In a judgment delivered by a seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko, the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Musa Wada, was dismissed based on “lack of merit”
The court upheld that the PDP failed to substantiate its allegation that the Governor Bello did not win majority votes during the election.
It also affirmed that PDP failed to prove its claim of electoral malpractices by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Court of Appeal had on July 4th, 2020, dismissed four appeals brought against the re-election of Governor Bello.
The appeals were filed by the PDP, the Actions People’s Party (APP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP).