Kogi Guber: Supreme Court To Decide Appeals Against Yahaya Bello’s Election on Tuesday
The Supreme Court has issued hearing notices to parties in the appeals challenging the July 4 judgment of the Court of Appeal which dismissed four appeals against the re-election of Yahaya Bello and affirmed him the duly elected governor of Kogi State. A hearing notice signed by the Director/HoD, Litigation of the Supreme Court, Ibrahim Gold on Friday, informed litigants that their appeals have been listed for hearing on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. The appeals include SC 388/2020: Musa Atayi Wada & Anor V. INEC & 2 ors which was filed by Engr Musa Wada and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Gov Yahaya Bello and the All Progressive Congress (APC).
There is also the appeal numbered: SC 434/2020: Natasha Hadiza Akpoti & Anor V. INEC & 3 ors, filed by Ms Akpoti and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) against Governor Bello, INEC and the APC.
The Action Peoples Party (APP) withdrew its appeal after it realized that it filed out of time. The 60 days earmarked for the Supreme Court to hear and decide the appeals ends on September 5, 2020. According to a source in the apex court, the court would hear and pronounce on the appeals on Tuesday, just as it has done in the past.
The hearing notice issued by Gold reads, ‘’Take Notice that the above Appeal will be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Tuesday the 25th day of August 2020.
“And Further Take Notice that in accordance with the Supreme Court Rules, this Notice is deemed sufficiently served on you if it is delivered on your Information and Communication gadgets. “Further, Take Notice That COVID-19 Protocols shall be fully and strictly enforced. It’s only the Counsel who are appearing and whose name is entered in the Counsel List (Not More Than 5 Counsel per Appearance) will be admitted into the Court and No More.” It would be recalled that on May 23, 2020, the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which sat in Abuja in a split judgement of two to one affirmed the declaration and return of Yahaya Bello by INEC as the validly elected governor of Kogi State.
The Tribunal unanimously resolved other petitions filed against Governor Bello’s election in favour of the governor. Dissatisfied, the four parties and their candidates in the Kogi state governorship election of November 16, 2019, appealed against the tribunal judgment before the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, which on July 4, 2020, dismissed all the four appeals brought by the PDP, APP, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP).