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OPINION: Why Supreme Court May Declare Musa Wada Winner Of Kogi Gov'ship Election

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By SAEAN | self meida writer
Published 7 months ago - 31097 views

As the people of Kogi State anxiously wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court to determine the authentic winner of November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State, there is need to take a look at the possibility of the PDP governorship candidate in the election, Musa Wada, winning at the Supreme Court.

Musa Wada who polled a total votes of 112,764 to emerge the first runner up of the election is challenging the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello of APC who polled a total of 406,222 with a wide margin of 112,764 votes. 

Wada who had failed to defeat Yahaya Bello at the Tribunal and Appeal Court insisted that he is the winner of the election having scored the highest number of valid votes in the November 16, election governorship election in the state. 

Musa Wada's Arguments and Prayer Before The Supreme Court 

Musa Wada who is seeking the relief of the Supreme Court to declare him the winner of the election alleged that the November 16, governorship election was marred by massive rigging amongst other electoral irregularities.He therefore pray for Supreme Court to cancel Governor Yahaya Bello's election in seven local government and declare him the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State. 

Wada based his argument on the evidences he gathered from forensic analysis which was earlier approved by the Supreme Court.According to Wada's Councel, J.S. Okutepa, SAN, the forensic analysis showed that the Kogi State governorship election was massively rigged in favour of Yahaya Bello of APC, adding that the evidences of the forensic analysis showed multiple thumb-printing in seven local government where Governor Yahaya Bello polled block votes including Okene and Lokoja local government areas.

Why Supreme Court May Declare Musa Wada Winner of Kogi Gov'ship Election 

With the evidences put froward by Musa Wada, available indicators have shown that the PDP candidate may be declared the winner of the governorship election at the Supreme Court. 

For the fact that the Supreme Court had earlier granted the approval for the use of the evidences gathered from the forensic analysis by Musa Wada gives more hope to the PDP candidate and his supporters ahead of the apex court ruling. 

It will be difficult for Supreme Court to turn around to reject the evidences of the forensic analysis which it earlier approved as a major evidence for the November 16, governorship election in Kogi State.

With the prayers and the evidences of the forensic analysis, Supreme Court may cancel Governor Yahaya Bello's votes in the alleged seven local government where massive rigging took place in the governorship election.

If the prayers of Musa Wada is answered by the Supreme Court, the canceled votes which will be more than the margin of the election will not in any way affect the declaration of Musa Wada as the authentic winner of the election. This is because the votes which may be canceled never exist ab initio. 

By and large, all eyes are on the apex court as the people of Kogi and Nigerians anxiously wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court.

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