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Tribunal dismisses SDP, Natasha Akpoti’s petition against Kogi governor’s election

News Tribunal dismisses SDP, Natasha Akpoti’s petition against Kogi governor’s election

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, held that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was wrong to have excluded candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mrs Natasha Akpoti, in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi.

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday dismissed the case filed by the Socialist Democratic Party and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Natasha Akpoti.

The petitioners had filed the case challenging the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

The three-man tribunal led by Justice Kashim Kaigama in its unanimous judgment on Monday held that the petition failed woefully.

It awarded the cost of N100,000 to be paid by each of the two petitioners to each of the three respondents – the Independent National Electoral Commission, the APC, and Bello.

The total costs to be paid by the petitioners amount to N600,000.

The tribunal has yet to fix a date for the judgment of the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate Musa Wada.

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