JUDGEMENT WEEK FOR YAHAYA BELLO AS ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNAL GIVES RULINGS AS FROM TODAY

The Kogi State governorship
election tribunal is set tobello
deliver judgments in petitions
filed by different political
parties, challenging the
emergence of Yahaya Bello of
the All Progressives Congress,
APC, as governor this week.
The tribunal, chaired by
Halima Mohammed, is sitting
at the premises of the Federal
Capital Territory, FCT, High
Court in Jabi Abuja. It will on
Monday deliver judgment on
the petition filed by a
member of the House of
Representatives, James
Faleke, challenging the
emergence of Mr. Bello as the
governor. Mr. Bello was
nominated by the APC to
replace its late candidate,
Abubakar Audu.
Mr. Faleke was running as
the deputy governorship
candidate under Mr. Audu
and they were coasting to
victory as the Independent
National Electoral
Commission, INEC, collated
results; before Mr. Audu
suddenly died.
INEC declared the election
inconclusive and asked the
APC to nominate a
replacement for the deceased.
Mr. Bello was nominated and
he selected Mr. Faleke as his
deputy with the latter
refusing the selection.
Mr. Faleke refused to abide
by the decision of the party
and approached the tribunal
asking it to declare him
governor elect.
The candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, Idris
Wada, and other smaller
parties such as the Labour
Party and the African
Democratic Congress, ADC,
also approached the tribunal
asking it to remove Mr. Bello.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered
that after listening to all
parties to the various
petitions, the tribunal is
ready to deliver judgment in
all the petitions.
It will however, begin, with
Mr. Faleke’s petition on
Monday, after which that of Mr. Wada
will be delivered on Tuesday.