Gov. Yahaya Bello sobs as the court rules that Natasha Akpoti was duly elected as a senator

Sep 8, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, in the presidential Tribunal in Abuja, a dramatic turn of events saw Governor Yahaya Bello weeping in public as the court officially recognised Lawyer Natasha Akpoti Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the legitimately elected senator of Kogi Central.

Governor Yahaya Bello was seen on video crying and screaming incoherently while trying to conceal his eyes with a handkerchief. He was upset over the verdict.

According to unnamed sources close to Governor Yahaya Bello, he immediately phoned the aggrieved senator, Ohare, to appeal the verdict and convey his disappointment with the result.

This decision was made by the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal, which met in Lokoja, Kogi State.

Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan proved that there were frauds and irregularities during the senatorial election beyond a reasonable doubt, according to the judges’ panel, which Justice K.A. Orjiako chaired.

Barr. According to the Tribunal’s findings, Natasha of the PDP earned 54,354 valid votes, while Ohare of the All Progressive Congress (APC) garnered 51,291 votes.

As a result, the Tribunal annulled Ohare’s election as a senator for the APC and proclaimed Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of the PDP as the legitimate winner of the Kogi Central senatorial district by a margin of 3,063 votes.

The Tribunal also deemed the conduct of vote subtraction a severe violation and ordered the APC/Ohare to pay Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of the PDP a fine of N500,000.

This decision shocked the political establishment, leaving Governor Yahaya Bello feeling resentful.

The political dynamics of Kogi State will undoubtedly be impacted in the days to follow by this decision’s consequences.

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