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Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Drsheddy(m): 11:31am On Apr 05, 2016
Indications are rife that former Kogi State governor, Idris Wada may be heading back to Lugard House as the governor of Kogi State when the state governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja gives its final ruling PNM learnt from a reliable source that former governor Idris Wada’s argument at the tribunal that the late Prince Abubakar Audu’s votes were illegal because he got additional votes from Kano and Lagos may be yielding fruits.

To buttress his point, the governor and his team claimed to have evidence of the malpractice. It would be recalled that the tribunal agreed to accept forensic reports as parts of evidence to be tendered by the petitioner during proceeding which is clearly in Wada’s favour.

Justice Halima ruled on an earlier motion filed by the petitioner, Captain Idris Wada saying that the court would accept forensic experts as witnesses and their reports as evidence.

PNM also learnt that former governor; Idris Wada may be leading by 250 votes if some of the votes of the late Abubuakar Audu are cancelled.

The implication that Hon. Abiodun James Faleke and Governor Yahaya Bello may lose out because both of them are fighting to inherit the late Audu’s votes.
A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who pleaded for anonymity is of the view that “If it is confirmed that Audu’s votes were illegal, it means there is nothing for Bello and Faleke to fight for.” Unfortunately Wada will come back. All this is happening because we let selfish interest becloud our sense of reason.”

It would be recalled that Prince Abubakar Audu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 21 election, died while leading the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Idris Wada by a margin of 41,000 votes. After his death, the election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Alhaji Yahaya Bello was nominated by the APC to replace him.

Nowhere in the constitution was it envisaged that there could be an instance, where a candidate on the verge of winning would suddenly die while the election was inconclusive.

Idris Wada on one hand is praying for the tribunal to nullify the process and declare him as winner because Bello had only 6,885 votes compared to his own votes of over 100,000. He is protesting what he termed, “gross irregularities” during the polls.

Faleke on the other hand is challenging the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to declare him as the valid winner of the governorship election in Kog State and also praying for the tribunal to declare that INEC acted wrongly when it declared the November 21 gubernatorial election inconclusive.
Faleke, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, contended that the initial election had produced a winner in late Prince Abubakar Audu, saying his death automatically made him the Governor-elect.

“Faleke has a valid argument” said a member of the APC who pleaded for anonymity, “there was definitely a foul play in the manner INEC declared the election inconclusive. It was a broad day robbery. The only way justice can be done is if the process that led to Bello’s emergence is nullified.”

According to Lagos based lawyer and human rights activist Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, “Faleke cannot competently exercise the mandate conferred on him, neither can Yahaya Bello inherit the votes that were cast for a dead man, Abubakar Audu,” he said.
And on the issue of Bello replacing Audu, he said “such decision is misleading and will not work, it is just a matter of time. It cannot stand”.

Corroborating the position of Adegboruwa is another senior advocate of Nigeria Olu Daramola. According to him “the whole scenario in Kogi would have been resolved if INEC had cancelled the primary election of the APC. Yahaya Bello cannot take the oath of the late Audu, it is against the law and Electoral Act. The present arrangement in Kogi cannot stand”, he stated.
Former governor Idris Wada on his own part is confident that he would win at the tribunal. According to him” As far as the law is concerned; we have not seen where it was written that a person’s votes can be transferred to another. We are sure of victory.”

Most political analysts are of the view that it is either the whole process is cancelled and a fresh election is conducted or Idris Wada returns.

According to Abdullahi Shuab, “If the tribunal calls for a fresh election, barring APC from producing another candidate, they would have to stick with Yahaya Bello. We all know that Wada would win if it happens that way because he comes from the major ethnic group (Igala). Governor Yahaya Bello who is from a minority ethnic group has not done much to appease the Igala people after the death of Prince Abubakar Audu. The only hope for APC as it stands is for the party to be given a chance to field another candidate.” He said.
Irrespective of the views of political pundits, time will tell how the story goes in the coming months.

http://www.kogireports.com/tribunal-wada-may-return-as-kogi-governor/

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Nobody: 11:51am On Apr 05, 2016
buhari sef

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by chriskosherbal(m): 11:54am On Apr 05, 2016
Everything is possible in life.

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by ProfessorPeter(m): 12:34pm On Apr 05, 2016
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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Tunami(m): 12:53pm On Apr 05, 2016
observing.
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by yarimo(m): 1:11pm On Apr 05, 2016
Idris wada in government house ha ha na pity I just dey pity kogi people

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by yarimo(m): 1:12pm On Apr 05, 2016
Idris wada in government house ha ha grin na pity I just dey pity kogi people

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by seyema(m): 1:23pm On Apr 05, 2016
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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by NwaNimo1(m): 1:24pm On Apr 05, 2016
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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by gen2briz(m): 1:24pm On Apr 05, 2016
Ok
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by damola311: 1:24pm On Apr 05, 2016
please don't give APC heart attack.... please

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Johnpaul2k2(m): 1:25pm On Apr 05, 2016
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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by VickyRotex(f): 1:25pm On Apr 05, 2016
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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Nobody: 1:25pm On Apr 05, 2016
I like the part where it said "Nowhere in the Constitution was it envisaged that a candidate will die on the eve of an inconclusive election"

Now, whatever happens, would be based on the judge's interpretation of the matter. I strongly believe that the most influential party in this case, or rather the side willing to spend the most money will win the case at the end of the day.

Seeing that APC controls the center, I won't be surprised if they bankroll their candidate. The PDP the other hand battling for increased prominence may go all the way out to buy favourable judgement.

All in all, it boils down to; "Who get Halima money"

-WriteBoy

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Nobody: 1:25pm On Apr 05, 2016
cheesy
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Segadem(m): 1:25pm On Apr 05, 2016
Never say never
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Nobody: 1:25pm On Apr 05, 2016
Kogi is Cursed. They ve never had a good leader

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Segadem(m): 1:26pm On Apr 05, 2016
PROVACATEUR:
Kogi is Cursed. They ve never had a good leader
haba!!!

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Merelyn(f): 1:26pm On Apr 05, 2016
make una finish first tenure first..... haba
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by bonechamberlain(m): 1:27pm On Apr 05, 2016
APC the master manipulators.

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Nelkoko: 1:28pm On Apr 05, 2016
Wetin concern me
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Daspirit: 1:28pm On Apr 05, 2016
Regardless of party afiliation, Kogites shd pray against the second coming of Idris Wada because na second coming kill Mungo Park

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Kelvin0(m): 1:29pm On Apr 05, 2016
There is no gain saying, Yahaya Bello has come to stay
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by three: 1:30pm On Apr 05, 2016
In all these political permutations, what happens to the people?

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Angelb4: 1:31pm On Apr 05, 2016
Breaking: Abubakar Audu may take over his mantle...to 'resurrect' and rule Kogi again. Shey na wetin una wan hear be this abi? Mtchew
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by juninho50(m): 1:31pm On Apr 05, 2016
iffa hear...who wada EPP?

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Futbolpredikts: 1:32pm On Apr 05, 2016


I wish it faleke emerges cos it was daylight robbery on his path for the election to have been declared inconclusive. but if he doesn't, as a PDP fanatic I wish wada good luck


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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by Firefire(m): 1:32pm On Apr 05, 2016
Interesting...

The second coming of professional looter. embarassed
Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by mapet: 1:34pm On Apr 05, 2016
This report is sponsored and unprofessional. Shouldn't the defense team be allowed to strengthen their defense by disproving this submission before some crap journos pounds on isolated arguments and make it an impending judgement?

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by ddippset(m): 1:37pm On Apr 05, 2016
Nonsense, in this zoo, anything goes! We heard worse things about Wike and Udom. From getting 1 million votes from 300,000 accredited people, to one polling officer signing result sheets in 10 different polling stations to pouring water on result sheets to decimate them. Yet these men are still governors today. Let PDP and Wada keep wasting their time, in this zoo there is no law and order.

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Re: Tribunal: Wada May Return As Kogi Governor by yomalex(m): 1:38pm On Apr 05, 2016
Hmm

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