The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as governor.
The petition was been filed by Musa Wada, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
In a judgment of two to one, delivered by the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, on Saturday, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices, according to Channels Television.
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The tribunal also awarded a cost of N1 million against the petitioners; PDP and Wada, to be paid to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC), who are the respondents.
However, in a dissenting judgment, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele nullified Bello’s election, and ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven Local Government Areas, where the petitioners proved their allegations of over-voting, thuggery, voter intimidation, massive thumb printing, and other electoral malpractices.