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Contesting Tinubu’s Election At Supreme Court Unnecessary – Yahaya Bello

by Victor Ndubuisi

Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, has praised the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal’s decision upholding President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s election.

Bello encouraged the disgruntled opposition parties to use the resources at their disposal to more worthwhile endeavours rather than fighting the verdict as he fielded questions from reporters while basking in the excitement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) win at the tribunal on Wednesday.

The Kogi governor declared after leaving Vice President Kashim Shettima’s office at the Presidential Villa: “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think there is any basis for appeal. I’d prefer to urge them to forgo any appeals to a higher court and instead urge their supporters to accept yesterday’s ruling in order to save time, money, and resources.

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He said further: “I advise all those that feel aggrieved that we have only one country. 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 result of the past.


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

Continuing, Gov Bello said: “We appreciate all that happened. The truth has been exposed. Imagine the justices sitting down for almost 14 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’s decision, which nullified the election of two All Progressives Congress (APC) senators and gave victory to an opposition PDP candidate, Gov Bello quipped: “I want to assure you that even judging from the pronouncements of yesterday at the court, we are going to have our 3/3 Senate in Kogi State, I can assure you.

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“This is democracy. They have the right to 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 the outcome at the end of the day, we will abide by it.”

Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was proclaimed the victor of the February 25 election in the Kogi Central senatorial district, according to Anaedoonline.ng.

Her victory over Abubakar Sadiku Ohere of the All Progress Congress (APC) was declared invalid by the three judges of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal, headed by K. A. Orjiako.


Jibrin Isah (APC, Kogi East), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise, and Tariffs, was also dismissed by the Lokoja, Kogi State, tribunal on the grounds that 94 voting places had their elections invalidated.

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As a result, the tribunal mandated that a second election be held in the 94 voting units by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).



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