Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has conveyed a stern message to the Presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP) contender, Peter Obi, urging them to abandon any plans for appealing the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) at the Supreme Court. This statement comes following the PEPT’s recent dismissal of petitions brought by the PDP, LP, and Allied Peoples Movement (APM) challenging President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 Presidential election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The PEPT, comprising a five-man panel, upheld President Tinubu’s victory while rejecting the opposition parties’ petitions. Governor Bello shared his perspective on the matter after visiting Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He firmly emphasized that, in his view, there were no substantial grounds for Atiku and Obi to challenge the PEPT’s decision.
Governor Bello went on to mention that two APC senators from Kogi State, whose election victories were overturned by the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, are planning to pursue appeals at the higher court to contest the tribunal’s ruling. He expressed confidence in the APC’s ability to retain all three Senatorial seats for Kogi State.
In response to questions about the general sentiment within the APC concerning the PEPT’s verdict, Governor Bello expressed satisfaction and highlighted the transparency of the judicial process. He called upon all aggrieved parties to unite in support of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership and the nation’s development efforts, urging them to accept the tribunal’s ruling as it held no flaws.
Regarding the supporters of the two Kogi APC Senators who lost their seats at the tribunal, Governor Bello emphasized the importance of adhering to democratic principles and the legal process. He assured that any outcome would be respected and that violence should be avoided.
Governor Bello also cited the recent decision of the Kogi State Election Tribunal, which declared Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of the PDP as the winner of the Senatorial election in Kogi Central Senatorial District held on February 25. The tribunal nullified the victory of the APC candidate, Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere, and ordered a supplementary election in 94 polling units.