Appeal Court rejects request to sack Kogi Gov

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed a case brought to challenge the nomination of Yahaya Bello as a candidate in the governorship election held in Kogi State in December 2015.

A three-man panel of the court, in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, held that, not only was the suit filed late at the High Court, the then plaintiffs (now appellants) did not show that they have sufficient interest to protect by challenging Bello’s nomination as a governorship candidate.

The judgment was on an appeal marked: CA/A/107C/2018, by Michael Elokun, Ibrahim Sule and Hawa Audi.

In the judgment read by Justice Stephen Adah, the appellate court upheld the March 20, 2018 judgment by Justice John Tosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, where he held that the plaintiffs not only lacked losus standi, they did not properly invoke the court’s jurisdiction having filed the suit almost two years after the election was held.

Elokun, Sule and…

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