Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has congratulated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Natasha Akpoti over her victory at the Appeal Court on Tuesday.
The governor said both Natasha, Senator Abubakar Sadiq Ohere and himself hailed from the same Kogi Central Senatorial District and called on both to embrace peace in the interest of the development of the state.
Recalled that the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Senator Ohere and Akpoti had been locked in a protracted legal battle over who actually won the senatorial seat in the February 25 general election.
Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Ohere as winner of the poll, the Election Petition Tribunal in the state nullified his victory, following a petition by Akpoti.
Tuesday’s ruling of the Apeal Court affirming the judgement of the tribunal in favour of Akpoti has put paid to the lingering battle.
Speaking to newsmen at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja after the meeting of the National Police Council, Governor Yahaya Bello said he accepted the court verdict, but added that would not affect the sweeping victory that awaits the APC in the November 11 governorship election in the state.