Kogi guber: I am ready to defend allegations against me — Gov. Bello tells court

By AdvocateNews on 16/11/2019

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Governor, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday expressed his readiness before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, to defend himself in the allegation of double registration raised against him by the Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti.

Akpoti had in a dated Oct. 10 and marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1221/2019 and filed by her counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, sought the court’s determination on the eligibility of Governor Bello in the Saturday’s election, having allegedly involved in double registration as a voter.

She joined the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressive Congress (APC) as respondents to the suit.

Meanwhile, proceedings in the suit has been shifted to November 21 by Justice Inyang Ekwo.

But in in a counter-affidavit filed before the court by his counsel, M.Y. Abdullahi, governor Bello stressed that he did not engage in double registration as alleged by the plaintiff.

The affidavit was deposed to by Khaliat Bello, a lawyer in Abdullahi’s law firm.

It reads: “That on the 23rd day of May, 2017, the alleged date of double registration, he was outside the shores of Nigerian and couldn’t have been anywhere in Nigeria to do voter registration.

“That as of fact, he travelled out of Nigeria on the 18th day of May, 2017 and never entered the country until about 28th day of May, 2017.

“The copies of his travel documents which show the immigration exit and entry stamps are attached jointly as ‘Exhibi A.’

“That he is ready and prepared to defendant the allegation of double registration framed against him by the plaintiff.

“That he wants to join and defend the plaintiff’s suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/1221/2019 as a defendant.

“That the proposed counter-affidavit and written address of the applicant are attached and marked ‘Exhibit B.”

The governor argued that since the reliefs sought by Akpoti were against his nomination, qualification and candidacy, he urged the court to join him as 3rd defendant in the suit prior to the hearing of the originating processes.

Bello, who was represented at the court by Mike Enahoro, also sought an order of the court directing the plaintiff and the original defendants to serve him all the processes filed by them in the suit in the interest of justice.

He said the application was filed on Friday because he got wind of the suit the previous day.

Counsel to Akpoti, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who acknowledged receipt of the motion this morning, hinted that the motion sought to stop court’s proceeding on the matter.

He urged Justice Inyang Ekwo not to grant the request since the election was Saturday.

On his part, Counsel to the APC, Abdulwahab Mohammed, said he would need more time to study the motion.

However, Counsel to INEC, Alhassan Umar, SAN, said he had no objection to the motion.

Justice Ekwo, who adjourned the matter till Nov. 21, said the decision was to afford Governor Bello, who sought to be joined in the matter, a fair hearing.

He said though the election would be Saturday, that would not stop the court from doing its business.

The presiding judge, who gave the plaintiff two days to amend their processes to accommodate Governor Yahaya Bello as a defendant, also granted all the defendants, including Bello, two days to reply upon being served by the plaintiff.

The judge held that all preliminary objections in the suit would be taken in the adjourned date and any party absent on the day would be deemed to have adopted them.

In an interview shortly after the court sitting, Ozekhome described Governor Bello’s application as a ploy to delay justice.

“We are ready to go on with the case but through deployment of delay tactics, Governor Yahaya Bello, through a counsel today, suddenly brought in a motion to be joined in the suit.

“We did not sue him, being aware of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution that confers absolute immunity on the governors.

“So we sue APC and INEC and APC is a party fielding him under Section 177 of the constitution. So he doesn’t need to be in the matter,” he said.

Ozekhome stressed that the application would be opposed in the adjourned date.

Also speaking with newsmen, Enahoro wondered why the governor was not made a party in the suit, yet his name was mentioned in all the plaintiff’s three questions for determination by the court.

“There has been so much hurry to have this case determined before the election.

“You will recall that the law permits pre-election matters to be determined within 180 days. This suit is barely 30 days and yet there is a hurry.

“You cannot shaves someone’s head in his absence ” he said.

Enahoro described the act as “a joke and an abuse of court process.

“We have furnished the court with sufficient materials. Nigerians will see it that this case is a joke.”

Posted 16/11/2019 03:01:33 AM

 

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