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Court strikes out suits challenging Kogi guber poll


A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out all four cases filed before it in respect of Kogi governorship poll, saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the cases.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole said, in respect of the cases, that only a governorship election tribunal to be constituted by the President of the Court of Appeal after the supplementary election was empowered by law to entertain the cases brought before it.

The court, therefore, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to proceed with the supplementary election on December 5.

Meanwhile, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner ( REC), Malam Halilu Pai, said the election would go ahead as scheduled in the polling units spread across the 18 local government areas of the state.

Pai said that election would also hold in Dekina Local Government Area in spite of an early morning fire incident that completely burnt down the INEC office alongside election materials on Friday.

He said that the office had been shifted temporarily to the Police Station in Dekina to enable the organisation continue with the supplementary election.

He assured that election materials and officials would arrive at the polling units on time , urging the electorate to turn out en masse for the poll.

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