Governor Yahaya Bello may have found a suitable deputy to work with. He hopes to make up for the unconstitutionality of his election by submitting the name of a replacement to Kogi House of Assembly for approval as deputy governor, having coerced the members to submission. That will not legalise the illegalities already committed.
The applicable maxim of law in this sense is that, you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand. What the constitution demands is that he should have run the contrived supplementary election with a running mate. The misbehavior of INEC and APC in the Kogi imbroglio makes it look as if there is no law in the land.
Declaring an election of November 21 that had been constitutionally won and lost inconclusive, thereby paving way for the emergence of Alhaji Bello, was the peak of their lawlessness. Indisputably, the making of Alhaji Bello as Governor of Kogi State is a perversion of the constitution and travesty of democracy.
It is doubtful if the originators and perpetrators of the idea thought and still think well about Kogi State. It is equally doubtful if they imagined the magnitude of the pains and shame their travesty and perversion have brought upon the people of the state.
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