The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello. Reacting to the news, governor Bello said the judgment affirming his victory and that of the All Progressives Congress, APC is a validation of the people's mandate and an added impetus to his drive to do more for the good people of Kogi state.
In a judgment of two to one, delivered by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice KashimKaigama, on Saturday, May 23, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.
The tribunal also awarded the sum of one million naira to be paid by the petitioners, PDP and Musa Wada to INEC, Yahaya Bello and APC who are the respondents.
Governor Bello applauded the tribunal for being upright and just and thanked the entire citizens of the state for support and prayer.
He also described the judgment as most comprehensive of outstanding thoroughness, reason, and stretch on the many issues presented before the tribunal, Bello noted that the judiciary remains the last hope of common man.