14 January 2021 by Victoria Abah.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the emergence of Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC.
In a unanimous decision, a three- man panel headed by Justice Steven Adah dismissed the suit by Michael Elokun and two others for being merely an academic exercise and as such lacks merit.
Justice Adah maintained that the suit was an abuse of court process, therefore struck out the case.
Reacting to the judgment, Counsel to Governor Bello, Mr. Paul Daudu described it as a well considered judgment.
The appeal by the plaintiffs sought to upturn a judgment delivered by Justice John Tsoho of the Fedeeal High Court in Abuja, on 20th March, 2018, where the court struck out the appellants case for lack of jurisdiction and for being incompetent on several grounds.
The plaintiffs in the suit asked the court to declare Governor Bello unqualified candidate, having not being a registered voter in Kogi State.
They further asked the court amongst other things to declare INEC’s return of Yahaya Bello and the APC as winners of the 2015 Kogi State Governorship Election and subsequent swearing-in as Governor of kogi state null and void.