Kogi: Tribunal Dismisses James Faleke Petition Against Governor Bello

Kogi: Tribunal Dismisses James Faleke Petition Against Governor Bello

By Ella Ukairo | News Reporter on June 6, 2016
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James Faleke Bello Kogi
James Faleke

The election petitions tribunal of Kogi State has dismissed a petition brought by Mr. James Faleke against Governor Yahaya Bello.

James Faleke was running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21, 2015 election.He had prayed the tribunal to announce him as the rightful candidate of the APC.

Delivering judgement on Monday, June 6, 2016 the tribunal held that Faleke could not be declared governor because he did not participate in the APC primary that produced a candidate for governorship.

Yahaya Bello came second in the primary in which the late Audu won.

Abubakar Audu, a two-time governor of Kogi State was leading in the poll of November 21, 2015, when he died suddenly, the morning after the elections.

The elections were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his party, the APC replaced him with Yahaya Bello, instead of his running mate.

The APC went on the win the supplementary elections and Bello was declared the winner of the race.

The PDP candidate in the elections, former Governor Idris Wada is also challenging the victory of the All Progressives candidate at the November poll.

FILE: Prince Audu Abubakar, former governor of Kogi State and All Progressives Congress candidate for governor pictured during a campaign rally , to his right is his running mate, Honourable James Faleke in Lagos House of Assembly
FILE: Prince Audu Abubakar, former governor of Kogi State and All Progressives Congress candidate for governor pictured during a campaign rally , to his right is his running mate, Honourable James Faleke in Lagos House of Assembly

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