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Court Dismisses Wada’s Suit, Okays Kogi Supplementary Poll

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, has ruled that the supplementary elections in Kogi state, scheduled to hold tomorrow December 5th, will go on.

The court declined jurisdiction in a suit filed by the Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The judgment which was delivered on Friday by Justice Gabriel Kolawole was struck out for lack of merit.

Recall that following the death of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Audu, Wada had prayed the court to declare him the winner of the November 21 governorship election.

However, Justice Kolawole who said that only an Election Tribunal could adjudicate such suit, added that the role of the judgement was to create a judicial and permissive atmosphere for INEC to conduct the supplementary election scheduled for December 5.

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According to him, the court did not have affirmative powers to make declarative orders, as it would amount to idle judicial indulgence to proceed with the suit.