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Tribunal reserves judgment in Kogi gov election dispute

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The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, has reserved judgment in the petition filed by the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and its governorship candidate, Murtala Ajaka, against the election victory of Governor Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

At Monday’s proceedings, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the APC and Ododo, prayed the court to throw out the petition filed by Ajaka for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

They also said this through their lawyers, Kanu Agabi, Joseph Daudu and Emmanuel Ukala while adopting their final written addresses.

Counsel for Ajaka, Pius Akubo, however, asked the tribunal to set aside Ododo’s submissions and uphold theirs.

After listening to all the parties, the tribunal led by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, reserved judgment to a date that will be communicated to both parties.

DAILY POST recalls that INEC had declared Ododo the winner of the keenly-contested November 11, 2023 Kogi State Governorship Election.

Ododo, won with 446,237 votes, to defeat his closest rival, Ajaka of the SDP, who scored 259,052, while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled 46,362 votes.

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