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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said the judgments of the Supreme Court upholding his election for a second term in office as governor of Kogi State was an affirmation of the landmark victory entrusted to him by the people of Kogi State at the November 16, 2019 polls.
Governor Yahaya Bello polled a total of 406,222 votes against his closest rival, the PDP candidate who polled 189,704 votes with a winning margin of 216,518 votes.
The Supreme Court which last Tuesday the 25th of August heard appeals filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the respective judgments of the Court of Appeal which earlier upheld decisions of the Kogi State elections petitions tribunal dismissing their various petitions against the governor and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary, (CPS) to the governor, Bello said the Apex Court’s decision upholding his victory is an affirmation of the identical positions on the matters taken by the erudite jurists at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
The governor praised the panel of 5 Justices led by Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammadu, the Chief Justice of Nigeria which heard the appeals and Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji CFR who read this morning’s judgment alone. Appreciating the court for her uprightness and erudition, the Governor thanked the entire citizens of the state for casting their votes for him and joining him to defend same to the end. He assured them that his administration will continue to do more and more for them in line with his campaign slogan.
The Governor used the moment to pay tribute to His Royal Majesty, Dr. Micheal Idakwo, Ameh Oboni II, the late Attah of Igala who passed on last week. He described the late traditional ruler as ‘a unifier’ who was a great supporter of his administration, a father and a wise counsellor.
The Governor called on the other parties and their candidates to forgo all forms of bitterness and division and join hands with him to take Kogi to the next level.
Meanwhile, wellwishers and other Nigerians have been reacting to the Supreme Court verdict
Among who is the Special Adviser to the Governor of Yobe State, Hoń Murutala Yakubuwho congratulated governor Yahaya Bello on his victory at the Supreme Court while describing the judgment as another landmark in the annals of the country.
Hon Murtala stated that he received the news with “great joy”, noting that the Supreme Court’s judgment had not only consolidated the nation’s democracy, but also further strengthened the citizens’ belief in the justice system in Nigeria.
He said the APC’s victory at the apex court affirmed the will of majority of the people of Kogi State in the November 19 governorship election.
Hon Yakubu noted that the judgment, has shattered all hurdles set against the Governor and has fully set him and his team on the journey to take the state to the Next Level in infrastructure renewal and economic development.
The statement reads: “With great joy in my heart, I have received the news of the victory of Yahaya Bello and my great party, All Progressives Congress,APC, at the Supreme Court today. This is another landmark judgment that will enrich the nation’s democratic and political development in the country.
“The Supreme Court has not only upheld the choice of greater number of Kogites who chose APC and the Governor at the 2019 polls, it has also affirmed our belief in the judiciary as impartial arbiter whose pronouncements have strengthened our democracy in great leap.
“While I felicitate with Governor Yahaya Bello and the leadership of our party, I want to use this opportunity to charge the people of Kogi state to unite and rally round the governor to ensure rapid development of the state as this judgment has brought all political issues arising from the 2019 gubernatorial election to rest”. He said.