Electorates challenge validity of Governor Yahaya Bello’s tenure

Electorates challenge validity of Governor Yahaya Bello’s tenure

- Some electorates in Kogi state are asking the Federal High Court to remove Yahaya Bello as governor of the state

- The petitioners say Bello is not validly nominated in writing to contest the 2015 governorship election by any registered voter in the state

- The electorates states that their submissions is in accordance with Section 32 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended

The legality of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration has been challenged by some registered voters in Kogi state who have asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare his swearing-in by INEC null and void.

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The suit against the governor is being filed by Mr Michael Elokun, Mr Ibrahim Sule and Mrs Hawa Adamu on behalf of 1.2 million registered voters in the state.

According to Guardian, other defendants in the suit are the All Progressives Party (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The electorates are asking the court to remove the governor on grounds that he is not a registered voter in Kogi.

The petitioners also argued that Bello was not validly nominated in writing to contest the 2015 governorship election by any registered voter in the state.

They said their submissions were in accordance with Section 32 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

The electorates want the court to declare that since Bello was not a registered voter in Kogi, he could not be nominated for any elective position or be voted for by the electorate in the state.

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The court is yet to fix a date to hear the suit.

Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye has called on the Nigerian Senate to intervene and stop alleged moves by the Kogi state government to recall him from the red chamber.

The senator representing Kogi west made the call on Tuesday, July 4, during plenary on the floor of the Senate.

Melaye citing order 14, alleged that the recall process was being masterminded by the Kogi state government.

In the video below, hundreds of constituents queue to sign the referendum on Senator Dino Melaye's recall from the Nigerian Senate.

Source: Naija.ng

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