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Presidential Election Tribunal Ruling: Opposition Parties Approaching Supreme Court Unnecessary — Kogi Gov



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Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has applauded the Pres­idential Election Petitions Tri­bunal ruling which affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima, advising the opposi­tion parties that it would not be necessary to approach a high­er court, but accept the appeal court’s ruling in good faith.

Still basking in the eupho­ria of Wednesday’s All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) vic­tory at the Court of Appeal, while fielding questions from newsmen after he emerged from the office of Vice Pres­ident Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Governor Bello asked the ag­grieved opposition parties to, rather, deploy the resources at their disposal to other more meaningful ventures.

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think there is any ground for appeal. I will rath­er appeal to them that they should drop any appeal going to the higher court and then save the resources, save the trouble; advise their support­ers, admonish them that they should accept yesterday’s judgment. No flaw.”

The governor equally ap­pealed to the opposition to join hands to support the efforts by the President Bola Tinubu-led administration towards ame­liorating the hardship being faced by the citizens.

He said, “I advise all those that feel aggrieved, we have only one country, Nigeria, they should all come togeth­er and support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ensure that we fix this country. What­ever hardship we are facing today is the effects of the past.

“Definitely, we have Mr. Fix It, who is trying his best traveling around the world to ensure that Nigeria is fixed. So we are happy the matter is settled.”

Continuing, the Kogi State governor in an elated voice said: “Nothing is as success­ful as success. We are happy; Nigerians are happy and the truth is out there. We appreci­ate all that happened yester­day (Wednesday). The truth has been exposed.

“Imagine the Justices sit­ting down for almost fourteen hours to deliver that land­mark judgment yesterday. Nigerians within the country and in the diaspora are happy and I think it’s time to settle down and face governance.”

On the outcome of the Kogi State tribunal decision which nullified the election of two All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, and gave vic­tory to the opposition PDP candidates, Governor Bello, while suing for calm, quipped: “But I want to assure you that even judging from the pro­nouncements yesterday at the appeal court, we are going to have our 3/3 Senate in Kogi State, I can assure you,” the governor said without being categorical.

“This is democracy and they have right of appeal. I think they will take the ap­propriate steps to ensure that no violence is orchestrated anywhere. We will follow the due process of the law and whatever will be the outcome at the end of the day, we will abide by it,” he said.

Recall that the Kogi State Election Tribunal had de­clared Natasha Akpoti-Udu­aghan of the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the February 25 Senatorial election in the Kogi Central Senatorial District.

The three-member panel of judges, led by K. A. Orjia­ko, at the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal unanimous­ly declared her winner of the election after nullifying the victory of the APC candidate, Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere.

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sit­ting in Lokoja, Kogi State, also sacked the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, Jibrin Isah (APC, Kogi East), on the ground that elec­tions were cancelled in 94 poll­ing units.

Consequently, it ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election in the 94 polling units

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