The controversy surrounding the Kogi State governorship contest came to a head yesterday when the star witness dealt a blow to the effort of the Bello camp sustain their grip on the tenancy of the Lugard house, as the Kogi State government house is called.
Chief of staff to the Governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja admitted before the Kogi State election petition tribunal sitting in ,Jabi, Abuja, that his boss, 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.
In the witness box, Mr 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 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 election.
It would be recalled that Mr Bello was voted in following the demise of APC candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu after he cast his vote.
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