The Toby Prince
The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has joined in the petitions before the Kogi Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal against the victory of Yahaya Bello at the November 16 poll.
Akpoti filed her petition on Saturday night to beat the deadline set by law.
The SDP candidate wants the tribunal to ask Bello to vacate the seat and order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh election.
According to her, the election was marred by irregularities and violence.
She wants the tribunal to declare the election null and void following the omission of her name from some of the result sheets and incidences of her name being written with a pen on some result sheets.
Akpoti included as respondents to her suit Bello, his running mate, Edward Onoja; INEC, and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpoti is joined in the suit as second petitioner by Kogi SDP chairman, Mouktar Atimah.
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Musa Wada, filed a 1,500-page petition at the tribunal.