Appeal Court Upholds Kogi Gov, Ododo’s Election

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Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo has been affirmed as the governor of the state.


The ruling was given by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Thursday.


The court upheld the election of Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the Governor of Kogi State.


The three-member panel of justices, in a judgment, agreed with the state election tribunal that the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and its governorship candidate, Murtala Ajaka, failed to prove the allegations in their petition beyond reasonable doubt.


The appellate court held that the petitioners’ witnesses were incompetent because their statements did not accompany the petition in line with electoral laws.


The Appeal Court also held that the issue of alleged certificate forgery against Ododo ought to have commenced at the Federal High Court, being a pre-election matter.


Subsequently, the Appeal Court held that the appellants could not prove their case “beyond reasonable doubt,” thereby upholding Ododo’s election.


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