August 04, 2016

Court of Appeal affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi Governor

A five-man panel of the court of appeal has dismissed the case filed by James Faleke challenging the emergence of Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi State.

In the lead judgment read by Justice Jumai Hannatu, Faleke could not have been declared winner of the election on the strength of the votes by his and the late Audu’s joint ticket in the November 21.

The judgement also held that Faleke lacked the right to question the substitution of the governorship candidate done by the party.

It would be recalled that, following the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, APC had nominated Bello as its governorship candidate ahead of Faleke, considering that he scored the 2nd highest votes during the governorship primaries.

Consequently, INEC declared Bello winner of the election after the conclusion of the supplementary election. But Faleke rose against the decision, stressing that the votes polled by APC in the election were his, since he was a joint candidate with the late Audu.

What is the next move for Faleke now, accept or proceed to Supreme court?