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There is anxiety as the Supreme Court Sitting in Abuja, would tomorrow decide on who is the winner of the last November Kogi Governoship Election.

The camp of the Peoples Democratic Party and Engr Musa Wada say it is the end of the road for the APC.

According to the PDP Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dickson, the PDP is optimistic of victory.

Similarly, Austeen Okai, Spokesman of the Engr Musa Wada organization says the whole world would watch as Supreme Court Justices would be expected to right the wrong in the last November, Kogi Governoship Election.

But the APC and the Camp of Gov. Bello say like it happened in the Tribunal and Appeal Court, the party and Gov. Yahaya Bello would again trounce the opposition political party.

According to the State Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Bello, the APC won the election says what the Supreme Court would do is to uphold the judgement of the last two trial courts.

Similarly, Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information says the victory of Gov. Bello in November was overwhelming, says the Supreme Court would only confirm voice of the people that Gov. Bello was massively voted for.

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Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party candidate Engr Musa Wada had challenged the outcome of the election with the claim that the 2nd and 3rd Respondents did not win the Kogi State Election by a majority of the lawful votes cast.

The matter was decided in favour of the APC and Gov. Yahaya Bello in a split decision of two to one Justices at the Tribunal, a decision that made the PDP head to the Appeal Court.

At the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, the court had dismissed the petition of the opposition, said declaration of elections by INEC are presumed correct unless proven otherwise.

The court said the PDP only pursued its petition on one ground, says the burden to rebut the presumption arising from INEC’s declaration that Yahaya Bello and the APC won the last Kogi State Gubernatorial Elections could not be established.

The court said the appellants also needed to prove that the declared winners did not score the majority of the lawful votes cast.

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According to Appeal Court Justices, the results of any polling unit where overvoting is alleged and proven will be cancelled but new elections can only be ordered if it is further proved that the results of that polling unit, if removed from the overall results, will change the outcome of the election.

The court said the appellants did not link their documents to their claims, merely dumped it on the Tribunal, said the Tribunal was right to treat them as having no evidentiary value, as they could not prove acts of alterations or how the alleged alterations affected the overall results of the election.

On the issues of Multiple thumb-printing that was pleaded under corrupt practices. The Appeal Court held that the allegation was subsequently abandoned to all intents and purposes. Evidence in that regard goes to no issue, including that of PW19 – the expert witness.

Expert evidence is only required where the expert can furnish the court with scientific and other technical evidence which must be outside the knowledge of the judge. It is apparent that expert evidence may be  admissible but not indispensable.

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PW19 claimed to be acting on the order of the court but under cross-examination it became clear that he had been acting with the appellant long before the order of the Tribunal for him to get involved. PW19 exceeded his mandate to determine fingerprints when he went over and beyond to engage in counting of ballots. He also admitted that he is not a fingerprint expert. Also none of the other so-called experts who allegedly examined the documents with him signed the report and no reason was given for this. The trial Tribunal was right in rejecting his report.

The Court of Appeal therefore dismissed PDP’s petition with costs of N100,000.

Still not satisfied, the PDP candidate headed to the Supreme Court, with judgement coming up on Monday.

For now tommorow remains the final day of battle with anxiety and high expectations on both camps. Whoever wins would be determined by the pronouncement of the panel of the Seven man justices of the Supreme Court.


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CONFLUENCE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, AND REFERENCE HOSPITAL BILLS INTO LAW, SEN. SMART ADEYEMI SAYS IT IS A TURNING POINT IN THE EDUCATION AND HEALTH SECTORS OF KOGI STATE.

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The Senator representing the good people of Kogi West, Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi, has extended words of commendation to the pragmatic and dynamic Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, on the signing of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, and Reference Hospital bills into law.

The Senator noted that in this age of revolution in science and technology towards industrial development, if any state needed such a University, it is Kogi State. He therefore described the decision to establish the university as a courageous and visionary one, considering the enormous mineral resources with which Kogi State is blessed, from the Ajaokuta Iron and Steel, to the Ibaji crude oil deposits, to gold deposits across Ijumu, Kaba-Bunu and Yagba land, to the marble deposits and cement factory in Obajana, Kogi State is ripe and due for a Science and Technology university.

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Further, he said the design of the university as a multi-campus institution is an indication of the governor’s intention to ensure the even spread of development, noting that he trusts that the governor will do the needful when it is time.

On the Reference Hospital which is to be located in Okene, the Senator stated that it could not have been more timely, considering the rate of foreign medical trips, and particularly in the face of the world’s seeming unpreparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his words, the government of the various states in Nigeria are faced with the challenges of equipping their hospitals with modern and state of the art medical equipments so as to be steps ahead of new and emerging health challenges. Therefore, such a Reference Hospital as initiated by the governor will reduce the exodus of people abroad on medical pilgrimage and thereby help to preserve our foreign exchange, as it will not only serve Kogi State, but Nigeria and even foreign countries.

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Also, the Senator said that the people of Kogi West solidly stands with, and by the governor on this double-barrel developmental strides.

He also highlighted that both institutions will go a long way towards reducing unemployment, as well as serve as stimulus for socioeconomic development of the entire state.

Finally, Senator Smart implored the people of Kogi West to continue to give their total and unconditional support to Governor Yahaya Bello for the various bold and visionary strides he has been known for as the captain of the New Direction Team.

Signed:-
Chief Olowo Cornelius,
Legislative Aide to Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi,
NASS-ABUJA.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MRS RUTH ATTEH FANWO OUR MOTHER, A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE.

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Alumo Media center, a media arm for Hon. David Sunday Moses campaign council, a leading chairmanship aspirant for Mopamuro local government council election celebrate and congratulate our mother, Mrs Ruth Fanwo on her birthday anniversary celebration today.

We at the center rejoice, celebrate the happiness behind our progressive leader, Mrs Ruth Atteh Fanwo who is 39 years old today August 14th, 2020.

The center describes her as woman of substance, a reality of a happy home instituted by God Almighty, our prayer is God’s protection, enlargement on your business and peace of mind at home.

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No doubt, our leader Hon. Kingsley Fanwo the commissioner for information, kogi state is blessed having you as the source of his ever smiling face to us always, may you both leave long as family.

Signed :
Alumo Media Center.
14-08-2020.


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“KOGI STATE POST COVID-19 RECOVERY PALLIATIVE, A COMMITMENT TOWARDS THE WELLBEING OF THE MASSES”, BY DISTINGUISHED SENATOR SMART ADEYEMI.

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PRESS STATEMENT

13th August, 2020.

 

The Senator representing the good people of Kogi West, Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi has commended the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alh Yahaya Adoza Bello, over the approval of a set-aside fund of 1.56billion naira by the State Executive Council as post COVID-19 recovery initiative.

In his words, “This approach is not only laudable, it is also commendable that Kogi State, under the Kogi care initiative has set up deliberate plans towards economic recovery and stimulus in a bid to cushion the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

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The Senator also said the initiative is notable at this time, considering the falling revenue allocation to all the states of the Federation. Further, that it shows a commitment towards the well being of the masses, and that it is a gesture which will accelerate socioeconomic activities in the state, particularly in this post COVID-19 pandemic season.

Finally, he implored the good people of Kogi State to continue to give their undiluted and total support and loyalty to the New Direction administration, knowing fully that Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello means well for the people of Kogi State, regardless of whatever sentiments.

Signed:-
Chief Olowo Cornelius,
Legislative Aide to Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi,
NASS-ABUJA.


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