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Appeal court affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor



Governor Yahya Bello of Kogi state has been affirmed by a court of appeal as the elected governor of Kogi state.
An appeal court, sitting in  Abuja, on Saturday made the unanimous judgement in a five-man panel of the court led by Adamu Jauro.
The panel dismissed four appeals filed by four political parties against the November 2019 governorship poll in the state for lacking merit.
The appeals were filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Actions Peoples Party (APP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).
The governorship election petition tribunal had earlier dismissed a suit filed by the SDP and Akpoti.
Akpoti and her party, challenge the victory of Yahya Bello on the grounds that irregularities marred the election.
However, the tribuna, dismissed the petition for lack of proves to show that the election was won by Bello through over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation and other electoral malpractices.
During the November 19, 2019 election,  according to INEC; Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat Musa Wada of the PDP who polled 189,704, and Natasha Akpoti of the SDP, who got 9,482.
The governor won in 12 out of the 21 local government areas of the state, according to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).