Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja has struck out the suite by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Labour Party, LP, seeking interlocutory injunction to stop the inauguration of Yahaya Bello as the governor of the state on January 17.
The tribunal chairman, Justice Halima S. Mohammed in her ruling dismissed the motion yesterday, saying that though the tribunal had jurisdiction contrary to insinuations, but the motions were not contained in the original petitions, saying it was just a motion on notice.
Explaining further, she said that if the tribunal granted the motions filed by the two parties, it would definitely affect the original case before the court.
The tribunal chairman noted that the motions seeking the order of the tribunal to stop the inauguration of Alhaji Bello as the incoming governor of the state were not part of the case before the tribunal.
Also, the tribunal dismissed the motion filed by Ruben Egwuaba, the counsel to Labour Party, seeking to stop the inauguration of Yahaya Bello on the ground that he has no deputy as at the period of the supplementary election of December 5, 2015.
As part of his ruling, Justice Mohammed urged all parties in the case to be present for the accelerated hearing of substantive case which would commence from next sitting, warning that the tribunal would no longer entertain pre-hearing matter again.
The counsel to the outgoing governor of the state, A Akubo commended the tribunal ruling, saying that the present scenario in the state was novel and based on the novelty, the world is watching Kogi State.
Counsel to the Labour Party also lauded the tribunal, saying they were ready for the substantive suite before the court.

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