Like Faleke, Wada fails to unseat Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello

Former Governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada, has lost his petition challenging the election of Governor Yahaya Bello at the state election tribunal.

Wada, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, lost the December 2015 governorship election to Bello, the candidate of the All Progress Congress.

He subsequently filed a petition before the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, demanding that he be declared the winner of the election, stressing that he polled the highest number of votes.

Wada argued that Bello only polled 6,805 votes in the ‎December 5 supplementary election and cannot inherit the 240,867 votes polled by the original candidate of the All Progressives Congress, late Prince Abubakar Audu in the November 21, 2015 election.

He also challenged the nomination of Bello as the replacement candidate for Abubakar.

In its ruling, the tribunal stated that Wada’s case lacked the locus standi to challenge the nomination of Governor Bello.

The Deputy governorship candidate to the late Abubakar, James Faleke had also challenged the nomination of Bello as the APC’s standard bearer.

The tribunal struck out his suit on Monday, June 6.

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