A Federal Superior Court in Abuja on Friday refused to file a lawsuit to disqualify the governor of the state of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, from participating in the November 16 governing elections.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The trial judge, Judge Ijoema Ojukwu, transferred the claim to the court division in Lokoja, Kogi state.
The candidate on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Natasha Akopti, filed the lawsuit to disqualify Bello from the survey.
In the lawsuit, marked: FHC / ABJ / CS / 122/2019, Akpoti said the governor participated in double voter registration in 2011 and 2017. In this context, he urged the court to prevent Bello from contesting the elections for any public office for ten years.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The plaintiff’s attorney, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who filed the lawsuit on his behalf, argued that Bello’s double registration act as a voter seriously violated section 24 (e) of the Electoral Law.
In addition to the disqualification, the plaintiff also requested the court to ban Bello, the candidate for governor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the next survey, from holding a public office for ten years.
He also prayed for another order that forced the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “thoroughly investigate the act of double registration” and “process it immediately upon expiration of his first term as governor of the state of Kogi on January 2020.”
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that His lawyer, Ozekhome, in the call of origin, argued as part of the grounds of the lawsuit that, “by his deliberate act of double registration,” Bello as an APC candidate, “is not a suitable and adequate person to be allowed by the second defendant (INEC) in voting or being voted in the next election of governor of the state of Kogi, after having committed acts of electoral fraud”.