Former Governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada, has on Tuesday, lost his bid to upstage incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello at the State Election Petitions Tribunal.
Wada, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost the December 2015 governorship election to Bello, the candidate of the All Progress Congress (APC).
He, however, filed a petition before the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, challenging the outcome, stressing “gross irregularities”, and then asking the tribunal to determine whether Mr. Bello was qualified to be declared governor-elect even though he did not take part in all the electoral processes that led to the supplementary poll.
Wada also argued that Bello only polled 6,805 votes in the December 5 supplementary election and could not possibly inherit the 240,867 votes polled by the original candidate of the (APC), late Prince Abubakar Audu in the November 21, 2015 election.
In its ruling, the tribunal chaired by Justice Halima Mohammed, held that Wada’s case lacked the locus standi to challenge the nomination of Governor Bello.
The tribunal also held that only those who participated in the party’s primary election has the legal right to inquire into the nomination of the party’s candidate.
Mr. Wada suffered a similar fate to that of the Deputy governorship candidate to the late Abubakar, James Faleke, who also challenged the nomination of Bello as the APC’s standard bearer.