BREAKING: Jubilation as Tribunal Gives Verdict on Suit Seeking to Sack Kogi Gov Ododo

BREAKING: Jubilation as Tribunal Gives Verdict on Suit Seeking to Sack Kogi Gov Ododo

  • The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal has upheld the victory of Governor Usman Ododo in the November 2023 election in the state
  • The court struck out the appeal filed by one of the governor's oppositions, APP, following the latter's withdrawal from the case
  • Ododo was declared winner of the state guber election by INEC after polling highest votes journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

FCT, Abuja - Kogi state governor, Usman Ododo, has been declared the authentic winner of the state's November 11, 2023 governorship election.

This is as the Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal in Abuja struck out the Action Peoples Party (APP) petition challenging the governor's victory.

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The APP had earlier challenged Ododo's declaration as winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Court strikes out suit seeking to remove Governor Ododo Photo Credit: Alhaji Usman Ododo
Source: Twitter

Why court dismissed suit challenging Governor Ododo

On Tuesday, February 20, the APP announced withdrawal of its petition challenging the governor's victory, through its lawyer, Daniel Edeachi, Daily Trust reported.

Ododo's lawyer, Ibrahim Sanni Muhammed (SAN); DC Denwigwe (SAN), counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC); and INEC's counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), did not oppose the withdrawal of the petition by the APP.

Ododo names commissioners at inauguration ground

Earlier, Ododo announced the appointments of some cabinet members and key aides during his swearing-in ceremony on Saturday, January 27, 2024.

During his inaugural speech, he announced that the nomination of some commissioners would be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for prompt confirmation as members of the state executive council (SEC).

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Most of the commissioner-nominees were from the immediate past administration of governor Yahaya Bello.

Folashade Ayoade Arike, Kingsley Fanwo, Deedat Salami Ozigi, the former SSG and several assistants were named with immediate effect.

Kogi deputy governor prostrates for Bello earlier reported that new Kogi state deputy governor, Salifu Oyibo, was seen in a viral video prostrating for the immediate past governor Yahaya Bello.

Oyibo was seen moving soon after signing the oath of office, and the governor did not stand up to welcome him.

Some Nigerians on social media condemned the action, while others called on the anti-graft agency to probe the administration of the former governor.


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