Kogi Politics: Bello Awaits Swearing-in January 27; Inauguration not Blocked

yYahaya belloThe request of the Labor Party (LP) to cancel the inauguration of the Kogi state governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has been named invalid by the three man panel established for the just concluded Kogi State election.

Justice Halima Mohammed who led the panel disclosed that the motion to stop the inauguration exercise in the state is not legal as it was not filed in the petition brought against the elected governor in the pre-hearing session, and it was not brought through motion on notice.

The Labor Party argued that Bello does not qualify for the election nor the inauguration exercise due to the fact that he does not have a running mate as a legal electoral process in the exercise.

Abiodun Faleke who was formally a running mate to Alhaji Abubakar Audu refused to continue with Bello as a replacement by the All Progressive Congress (APC), and also vowed not to take part in the inauguration in-spite of the victory secured by his party.

However, the Governor-elect has full confidence that the inauguration ceremony will take place by the 27th of January as the panel stated, and APC leaders are in process of reconciliation among party members before the set date.