- The victory of Bello has been upheld by the election petition tribunal in Abuja
- Bello's victory is being challenged by Natasha Akpoti
- Justice Kashim Kaigama also awarded the cost of N100,000 to be paid by each of the two petitioners
The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday, May 18, dismissed the petition filed by the Social Democratic Party and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Natasha Akpoti.
The suit was challenging the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello at the last poll.
Justice Kashim Kaigama, in the ruling also awarded the cost of N100,000 to be paid by each of the two petitioners to each of the three respondents – the Independent National Electoral Commission, the APC and Bello, Sahara Reporters reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that there was a serious clash between two Muslim sects (Tijaniyya and Sunni) in the Okene area of Kogi state on Friday, May 15, that left about eight persons injured.
Locals in the area informed journalists that the age-long clash between the groups was rekindled at the Okene central mosque on Friday when a Sunni member, one Malam Bello Hussaini described Sheik Salihu Abere as an acting chief imam whereas he has been presiding over the mosque.
Hussaini's remark was said to have annoyed the Tijaniyya group who asked for an apology from him, Daily Trust reports.
The matter eventually turned violent with many faithful fleeing the scene for safety while about eight Sunni members were injured, according to Hussaini.
It was gathered that Governor Yahaya Bello has summoned the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland alongside some prominent traditional and religious figures in the district with a view to resolve the issue amicably.
Legit.ng had also reported that Governor Bello had dismissed claims by the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, that states which were yet to record cases of COVID-19 were either negligent in testing and tracing or actively hiding the disease within their territories.
The Kogi government in a statement on Wednesday, April 29, said the state being one of the only three states in the country yet to record any case of COVID-19 found the comments by the NCDC DG distressing.
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