Kogi Gov hails Supreme Court verdict, extends olive branch to opponents

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has expressed gratitude to the nation’s apex court for upholding his victory at the November 16, 2019 polls, pledging not to disappoint the people of the state who have reposed their confidence in him.

He specifically asked other parties and their candidates to forgo all forms of bitterness and division and join hands with him to take Kogi to the next level.
The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, said the Apex Court’s decision upholding his victory is an affirmation of the identical positions on the matters taken by the erudite jurists at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

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The governor had polled a total of 406,222 votes against his closest rival, the PDP candidate who polled 189,704 votes in the said election.

The governor praised the panel of 5 Justices led by Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammadu, the Chief Justice of Nigeria which heard the appeals and Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji CFR who read this morning’s judgment alone.

While thanking the entire citizens of the state for casting their votes for him and joining him to defend same to the end, the governor appreciated the court for her uprightness and erudition.

The Governor, Yahaya Bello used the moment to pay tribute to His Royal Majesty, Dr. Micheal Idakwo, Ameh Oboni II, the late Attah of Igala who passed on last week.

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He described the late traditional ruler as ‘a unifier’ who was a great supporter of his administration, a father and a wise counsellor.

 

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