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Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Adjourns Hearing To March 14

Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Adjourns Hearing To March 14

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, seated in Abuja, has postponed its proceedings to March 14, 2024. This decision was made following the Court of Appeal Abuja’s ruling, which nullified the inspection order previously granted to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate, Muritala Ajaka.

During the tribunal session, Jibrin Okutepa, representing Ajaka, requested the tendering of INEC devices. However, Kanu Agabi, representing Governor Usman Ododo, raised concerns regarding the Court of Appeal judgment and presented an affidavit accordingly.

The adjournment was necessary for the tribunal to address the implications of the appellate court’s decision. Additionally, the scheduled tendering of INEC devices could not proceed due to the recent developments.

The Court of Appeal’s ruling stemmed from an ex parte order granted by the tribunal on November 25, 2023, allowing the SDP to conduct a forensic examination of BVAS used in the governorship election. However, the appellate court determined that the inspection order exceeded the provisions of the Electoral Act, emphasizing that any inspection must involve joint participation with the respondents and adhere to strict limits outlined in the law.

This adjournment signifies a significant development in the legal proceedings surrounding the Kogi State governorship election, underscoring the importance of adherence to electoral regulations and due process.

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