Kogi Election: SDP Candidate Rejects Disqualification
Natasha Hadiza Akpoti/This Day Live

The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed Oct. 22 for ruling on an application filed by the Social Democratic Party governorship candidate, Natasha Akpoti, challenging her exclusion from the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to INEC, Akpoti was disqualified for choosing Mohammed Yakubu, whom it described as underaged, as her running mate in the forthcoming election.

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When the matter was called on Wednesday, Counsel to Akpoti, Ola Olanipekun (SAN) prayed the court to grant an order directing INEC to recognise her as the SDP candidate.

He also sought for an order restraining INEC from further subverting the interest of the candidate.

However, counsel to INEC, Magnus Onuoha told the court that the SDP never had a valid candidate ab initio.

He said this was because the party submitted its list of candidates on Sept. 9, which was the last day of submission, arguing, therefore, that Akpoti had no legal right.

The judge, Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, adjourned the matter till Oct. 22 for ruling on the matter.