Immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada (retd.) on Wednesday told the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that he won the 2015 governorship election in the state.
The former governor contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr. Wada spoke through one of his witnesses, Joe Agada, the PDP Chief Agent at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, collation centre in Lokoja, while opening his defence.
The witness was led in evidence by Chris Uche (SAN), counsel to Mr. Wada.
According to Agada, Wada won the election with 204, 877 votes against 6,885 scored by Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said Mr. Bello could not inherit votes scored by late Audu Abubakar, who was until his death, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.
Mr. Agada said late Audu scored 240, 867 on November 21 governorship election but died 7.45 a.m. on Nov. 22, 2015 before the election could be concluded.
He further stated that the APC had no valid candidate for the supplementary election because at the time Bello’s name was submitted to INEC as substitute candidate, the statutory time allowed for substitution had elapsed.
Mr. Wada scored 199, 514 on Nov. 2, 2015 election, while he polled 5,363 in the supplementary election on Dec. 5, 2015.
In the Nov. 21, late Audu scored 240, 867, while Mr. Bello, who substituted him received 6,885 vote in the Dec. 5 election and was subsequently declared winner.
But Mr. Agada argued that with the figure polled by Bello, he could not be said to have won the election.
The witness, under cross examination, also maintained that the vote cast for late Audu remained void after he died.
He further argued that Mr. Bello did not participate in the Nov. 21 governorship election as he had no permanent voter card.
According to him, none of the candidates won at the time the election was declared inconclusive by INEC.
Meanwhile, the tribunal admitted as exhibits, Mr. Agada’s statement on oath, result sheets from the 2,548 polling units in the state, voter register and PDP’s protest letter to INEC.
Other documents admitted by the tribunal were the witness’s party membership card, voter card and letter of his appointment as PDP chief agent at INEC coalition centre.
Another witness, Samuel Oduntan, testified that he carried out a forensic analysis of the election material and discovered that there was over voting.
He, however, said he could not remember the numbers of ballot papers he scanned, adding that he was the team leader of the forensic expert, who signed report presented to the court.
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
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