25 August 2020 by VICTORIA ABAH
The Supreme Court, has fixed August 31 to deliver judgments on two separate appeals, seeking to nullify the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
A seven-man panel of Justices of the Apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Ibrahim, okayed the appeals after all the parties adopted their final briefs of argument.
The appeals were brought before the apex court by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Governorship candidate in the State, Musa Wada, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and its candidate, Natasha Akpoti.
They prayed the Supreme Court to set aside the concurrent judgments of both the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which declined to void the return of Governor Bello by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as winner of the gubernatorial contest.
Meanwhile, the CJN led panel, dismissed a third appeal that was brought against Governor Bello by the Democratic People’s Party, DPP, after it was withdrawn by its counsel, M.S. Ibrahim and awarded a cost of N200,000 in favour of Governor Bello and his deputy, Edward Onoja.
Addressing journalists, PDP’s lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa, urged the court to grant the appeal and upturn the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
Meanwhile, Counsel for INEC, and Governor Bello, Dr. Alex Izinyon and Paul Daudu, urged the court to dismiss the appeal, uphold the concurrent judgments of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Cited as Respondents in both appeals were INEC, Governor Bello, and the APC.