#KogiDecides: Wada Heads for Tribunal to Challenge Election Result

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The Kogi State governor, Captain Idris Wada, on Tuesday, said he would challenge the result of the governorship election in the state at the Election Petition Tribunal.

 

 

This is just as the governor has set up the transition committee for the process of handing over to a new government in the state.

 

 

Wada made his decision to challenge the result of the election that was eventually decided with a supplementary election last Saturday known in Lokoja, the, state capital, while addressing stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

 

 

According to him, the decision to challenge the result of the election in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner were based on many fronts.

 

 

He said he and the party would appraoch the tribunal to seek proper interpretation of the law and relevant sections of the constitution and the Electoral Act in connection with the election.

 

 

The governor said: “We are contesting the election on the basis of malpractices and also issues regarding the application of the law; the constitution and the Electoral Act. It is not a personal thing.

 

 

 

“It is purely a legal issue and we need those relevant sections of our electoral laws to be properly interpreted in view of the unique incidences that have happened in connection with this election. We believe that posterity has entrusted this responsibility on our party to seek interpretation of these issues.”

 

 

However the governor has set up the transition committee to be headed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, to oversee the handing over process that would usher in another administration by January 27.

 

 

Apart from the transition committee, the governor also set up a Steering Committee to be headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi.

Credits: Tribune

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