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Kogi Guber: INEC, APC, Ododo Ask Tribunal To Dismiss SDP’s Petition

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday prayed the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja to dismiss a petition filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and its candidate, Murtala Ajaka, against the victory of Gov. Usman Ododo.

Governor Ododo and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), have also told the three-member panel of Justices, headed by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, to dismiss the petition in its entirety for being incompetent and lacking in merit. INEC, Ododo and APC through their lawyers – Chief Kanu Agabi, Joseph Daudu and Emmanuel Ukala – stated this position while adopting their final written addresses and presenting their arguments against SDP and Ajaka’s petition.

However, Ajaka’s lawyer, Pius Akubo, has urged the tribunal to discountenance the respondents’ submissions and uphold his client’s petition. The Tribunal, after listening to all the parties in the petition, reserved the matter for judgement. Recall that Ajaka had challenged Ododo’s victory in the Nov. 11, 2023 Kogi governorship poll.

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