The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday picked November 21 as date to continue the hearing on a suit challenging the eligibility of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi to contest in the November 16 governorship election.
Justice Inyang Ekwo said the decision was to afford Bello, who sought to be joined in the matter, a fair hearing.
According to the Judge, all preliminary objections in the suit would be taken on the aforementioned day and any party absent would be deemed to have adopted them.
Bello had, through his lawyer, Mike Enahoro, filed a motion to be joined in the case on Friday.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who acknowledged receipt of the motion on Friday, hinted that the motion sought to stop court’s proceeding on the matter.
But he argued that the motion be thrown out considering that the election is tomorrow, Saturday, while Counsel to the APC, Abdulwahab Mohammed, said he would need more time to study the motion.
As for the Counsel to INEC, Alhassan Umar (SAN), he had no objection to the motion.
The suit, dated October 10 and marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1221/2019, filed by Ozekhome on Akpoti’s behalf, sought the court’s determination on the eligibility of Bello, having allegedly involved in double registration as a voter.
“That by his wilful act of making double registration as a voter, Yahaya Bello, candidate of the 1st defendant is not a fit and proper person to be allowed by the 2nd defendant to vote or be voted for in the forthcoming Kogi state governorship election, having committed act of electoral fraud,” Akpoti said.
“That Mr Yahaya Bella. the candidate of the 1st Defendant. was initially registered as a voter sometime in 2011 in Abuja, by the 2nd defendant.
“That Bello. the candidate of the 1st defendant again fraudulently procured from the 2nd defendant. a second registration as a voter on May 23, 2017, at Government House, Lokoja, while his 2011 first registration as a voter in Abuja was still live, extant and subsisting.
“That the said Yahaya Bello, the candidate of the 1st defendant carried out the double registration with the 2nd defendant so as to scuttle due electoral process.
“That such a person is not a fit and proper person to vote for in any election, let alone for the high office of the governor of a state.”