September 21, 2016
How Governor Yahaya Bello And His Aides Celebrated After Supreme Court Victory
Following his victory today after the Supreme Court upheld the election that brought him to power as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello celebrated in style with his aides.
The decision of the Supreme Court was delivered by a seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel. The court also said it would provide reasons for its decision on September 30.
There had been four appeals against the Court of Appeal rulings with the Supreme Court expected to decide if Mr Bello should continue as Kogi governor or vacate office.
One of the appeals was by the immediate past governor of the state and candidate of the opposition PDP, Idris Wada, while another was by Mr James Faleke who was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu.
Mr James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the validly elected governor.
Mr James Faleke was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the governorship election that was to see him elected as governor.
Yahaya Bello was then presented by the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as replacement for Audu, a decision Mr Faleke challenged, arguing that he should have stepped into the position, having together with the late Audu, gone through the election process.
He approached the Supreme Court after being dissatisfied with the judgement of the election tribunal and Appeal Court which both upheld Yahaya’s eligibility.