Tension in Kogi as Supreme Court hears appeals against Yahaya Bello


There’s is a palpable tension in Kogi state following the hearing of three appeals challenging the gubernatorial election victory of Governor Yahaya Bello for a second term.

Members of the two main parties – All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party – are gripped with fears.

In Ijumu, the Chairman Forum of Senior Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistant on Security to the governor of Kogi State, in charge of the Local Government Area, Hon.Taufiq Isa, went spiritual for Yahaya Bello ahead of the Supreme Court judgment.

The prayer was held at his home in Odokoro Gbede, on Monday.

The spiritual exercise was led by the chief Imam of Odokoro Gbede, Alhaji Saaid Arikeuyo.

Also the PDP have been posting optimistic quotes on their various social media platforms, saying there are expecting high hope from the Supreme Court for their candidate to be declared winner.

The three appeals coming up for hearing at the Supreme Court on Tuesday are against the July 4, 2020 judgments of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which affirmed the victory of Bello in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

In separate judgments of the Court of Appeal, all of which were unanimous, the five-man panel of the court led by Justice Adamu Jauro had dismissed the four appeals for lacking in merit.

The appeals dismissed were filed by PDP, Social Democratic Party, Democratic Peoples Party, and Actions Peoples Party.

Earlier on May 23, 2020, the three-man of the Kogi state governorship election tribunal which sat in Abuja had in a split judgment of two to one dismissed the petition by PDP and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, and affirmed Bello’s election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

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