Natasha Akpoti

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition filed by Natasha Akpoti, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and her party against Governor Yahaya Bello.

Akpoti and the SDP had filed the suit to challenge the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi.

In an unanimous decision, the three-man panel of judges led by Justice Kashim Kaigama dismissed the suit. Delivering the lead judgement, Justice Kaigama held that the petition failed woefully as the testimonies given by the petitioners’ witnesses amounted to hearsay and had no probative value.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of N600,000 to be paid by the petitioners to the three respondents who are INEC, APC and Governor Yahaya Bello.