Governor Yahaya Bello Congratulates Akpoti-Uduaghan On Appeal Court Victory
By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello says he accepts the Appeal Court’s verdict affirming Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as the duly elected candidate for the Kogi Central Senatorial Election held in February 2023.
“I accept the decision of the appeal court. And I use this opportunity to congratulate my sister Barrister Natasha as a senator of the Kogi central senatorial district,” Bello told State House Correspondents after the Police Council meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
“I, as the executive governor of Kogi state received the news of the decision of the Court of Appeal nullifying the election of Senator Abubakar Sadiq Ohere and affirming Barrister Natasha Akpoti as the senator representing Kogi Central,” he said.
Earlier the court dismissed the appeal filed by Abubakar Ohere of the All Progressives Congress, APC for lacking in merit.
The state’s Election Petitions Tribunal, in September, had declared Akpoti-Uduagan winner of the Kogi Central Senatorial election. It also invalidated the victory of Ohere.
The Tribunal Chairman, Justice K. A. Orjiako, delivered the unanimous judgment of the three-person panel, revealing that Ohere’s results were inflated in nine polling units in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area.