KOGI, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – As the Supreme Court sets to deliver judgment on Kogi State Governorship Election appeal, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed over 1,000 of its personnel to maintain peace and order in the State.
The ruling on appeals by Governor Yahaya Bello’s rivals including Hon. James Abiodun Faleke of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); former State Governor Idris Wada of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others is to be delivered by the apex court Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
The State NSCDC Commandant Mr. Everestus Obiyo, at a press conference in Lokoja, the State capital, confirmed that the measure was taken to avert possible breakdown of law and order after the court judgment.
The Commandant stressed that peace remained the hallmark of any meaningful development. He therefore urged residents of the North central State to remain calm and be ready to exhibit sense of maturity during and after the court’s judgment.
The appellants have lost both at the State’s Election Petition Tribunal and appellate court.
While Faleke, a serving member of the Federal House of Representatives is challenging that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was wrong for not declaring the outcome of Saturday, November 21, 2015 election result, Wada is praying the court that he ought to have been declared the winner of the poll, upon the death of the APC flag bearer, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Faleke in addition, is appealing against the substitution of Governor Bello by his party, contending that he was supposed to be substituted, since he contested as running mate with the late APC Governorship candidate.