The much awaited judgment in the suit filed by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyebode Makinde, seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh governorship elections in Kogi State, was not delivered yesterday as earlier slated by a court in Abuja.
Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court, was meant to deliver judgment yesterday, but the court did not sit. Makinde is asking the court to invalidate Idris Wada's swearing in as governor and to set aside the December 3, 2011 governorship election.
But the electoral body has challenged the jurisdiction of the court to compel the electoral body to conduct fresh governorship elections in Kogi. Counsel to Wada, Chris Uche (SAN), also challenged the jurisdiction of the court.
He said only an election tribunal properly constituted for Kogi state could question the validity of the election. Moreover, he said, Makinde did not participate in the primary election so he cannot effectively challenge the election that brought his client to power.
It will be recalled that the same court was meant to deliver judgment last Friday in another suit filed by Jibrin Isah Echocho, seeking to upturn Wada's victory, but Justice Kafarati was said to have traveled abroad. No date has been fixed for both judgments.