The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has emerged the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress for the November 16 governorship election.
Governor Bello secured 3,127 votes from the three thousand five hundred and ninety six delegates accredited for the primary.
10 governorship aspirants participated in the primary while one of them, Hassan Bewa, a member of the House of Representatives walked out of the venue of the primary alleging high level of manipulation.
This is Bello’s first major contest as governor as he was not the standard-bearer of the APC in 2015.
Prior to the primary election, controversies surrounded the party’s decision for indirect primaries as some members of the party kick. This however led to members seeking redress in a court of law.
People & Politics recall that Justice Taiwo Taiwo, averred on Monday that the All Progressives Congress should go ahead with the plan indirect of primary election method in nominating its candidate for the forthcoming November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.
The Justice upheld the preliminary objections filed by the APC to challenge the suit, in ruling that the suit had been caught by the statute of limitation.
He said it was needless to go into the proprietary of the party’s choice of indirect primary since the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case on merit, having been statute-barred.
He held that the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/883/2019, was a pre-election matter which ought to have been heard and determined within 180 days as provided by Section 285(10) of the Nigerian Constitution.
According to the judge, although the suit was filed only on July 18, 2019, it was clearly premised on another one marked FHC/ABJ/CS/833/2019 which, instead of being determined within 180 days, was only ruled upon on Monday.
The judge, on the grounds of statute limitation, in the earlier judgment on Monday, dismissed the said foundational suit which was instituted by the Chairman and Secretary of a parallel executive committee of the APC in Kogi State, Haddy Ametuo and Tam Adejoh, respectively.