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Great Tension, As Court Moves To Disqualify Yahaya Bello From The Kogi Governorship Poll

A suit challenging whether the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is fit to contest for the November 16, Governorship election in the State, will tomorrow, Friday, come up at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The originating summon, which was instituted by Natasha Akpoti, the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Governorship Candidate, in the forthcoming poll, will be mentioned at Court 5, before Justice Inyang Ekwo.

The SDP Candidate is the Plaintiff, while the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are the 1st and 2nd Defendants, respectively.
The suit, dated October 10, and marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1221/2019, filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, on Akpoti’s behalf, sought the court’s determination of the eligibility of Governor Bello, in the Saturday election, having been allegedly involved in double registration as a voter.

Akpoti said: “That by his willful act of making double registration as a voter, Yahaya Bello, the Candidate of the 1st Defendant, is not a fit and proper person to be allowed by the 2nd Defendant to vote or be voted for in the forthcoming Kogi State Governorship election, having committed an act of Electoral fraud.
“That Mr. Yahaya Bello, the Candidate of the 1st Defendant, was initially registered as a voter sometime in 2011, in Abuja, by the 2nd Defendant.

“That Bello, the Candidate of the 1st Defendant, again fraudulently procured from the 2nd Defendant, a second registration as a voter, on 23rd May, 2017, at the Government House, Lokoja, while his 2011 first registration as a voter in Abuja, was still live, extant, and subsisting.
“That the said Yahaya Bello, the Candidate of the 1st Defendant, carried out the double registration with the 2nd Defendant, so as to scuttle due Electoral process.
“That such a person is not a fit and proper person to be voted for in any election, let alone for the high Office of the Governor of a State.”


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