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Yahaya Bello is Technically Out, Battle is Between Faleke and Wada....... Adamu

As hearing continues at the Kogi Governorship
Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, one issue
is crystal clear, even to the blind, is that the
current sojourner in Lugard House, Alhaji
Yahaya Bello, is a goner.
With godly sincerity, Yahaya Bello has the
worst case in the history of governorship
petition in Nigeria.
Today, the social media came alive, first, with
the pictures of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Edward
Onoja dozing uncontrollably during tribunal
sitting before he was docked in the witness
box. Unfortunate confessions by this star
witness left Yahaya Bello supporters gasping
for breathe.
Right before our eyes, Edward Onoja admitted,
in the witness box, that his oga at the top,
Yahaya Bello, is not a registered voter in Kogi
state. Edward claimed Yahaya Bello applied to
transfer his permanent voters card, PVC, to
Kogi state but the application up till now has
not been approved. This 11th hour confession
is a sharp departure from the bold claims by
his associates that he voted in Kogi State
during the last elections.
It is worthy to note that the laws guiding our
country Nigeria states that:
A person shall be qualified to contest the
Presidential, Governorship or National
Assembly elections if:
(a) he is ordinarily resident in the constituency
in which he intends to contest the election or
is an indigene of that constituency;
(b) he is registered as a voter in the
Constituency in which he intends to contest
the election;
(c) he produces evidence of tax payment as
and when due for a period of three
consecutive years immediately preceding the
year of the election or is exempted therefrom;
And other requirements.
You will recall that you published one of my
well-researched article on your platform on
22nd January, 2016 (Incontrovertible Proofs
That Yahaya Bello Was Invalidly Nominated for
Dec. 5 'Supplementary' Election – Adamu
Ojonugwa). In that piece I argued
that Without a running mate, nomination of a
Governorship candidate is INVALID. Today, in
the witness box, our dear Edward Onoja was
shown the form filled by Yahaya Bello, the
space required to be filled by the deputy was
not filled. That is, Yahaya Bello ran the
unfortunate supplementary election without a
deputy. Onoja had no choice, he agreed that
Yahaya Bello never had a running mate for the
controversial December 5 supplementary
It will take Judgement crafted outside the laws
of the land for Yahaya Bello to survive.
Technically, he is out of contention. The
highly anticipated tribunal ruling is obviously
a race between former Governor Wada and
Honourable James Faleke.
The logical conclusion is the declaration of
Wada as winner of the badly fought election as
the living candidate with the highest number of
votes or overrule INEC's decision that the
November 21 was inconclusive and declare
Faleke winner. While Yahaya Bello lawyers
labour day and night to discover or create a
'legal lacuna' that can be capitalised upon to
knock out these mighty cases on 'technical
grounds', it is becoming more and more
difficult to achieve that as the counsels to
both Wada and Faleke are well experienced in
election petitions processes and games.
– Ojonugwa Adamu writes from Lokoja

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