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Tribunal dismisses Faleke’s petition for lack of merit

By Oludare Richards, Abuja
07 June 2016   |   1:13 am
The tribunal ruled that the petition lacked merit and that Faleke lacks the locus standi to challenge victory Bello’s victory since he was never a governorship candidate in the said election.
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•To give judgment on Wada today

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, yesterday, dismissed the petition filed by James Faleke , running mate to the late Audu Abubakar challenging the legitimacy of the election that produced Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi state.

The tribunal ruled that the petition lacked merit and that Faleke lacks the locus standi to challenge victory Bello’s victory since he was never a governorship candidate in the said election.

Also, the tribunal will today rule on a petition by the former governor, Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asking that he should be declared governor.

According to the Justice Halima Mohammed-led three-man-panel, Faleke could not be declared governor of Kogi state because he was not nominated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its substantive candidate in the 2015 Kogi election.

Justice Halima stated that the APC was right to have nominated Bello to replace the late Abubakar Audu as its candidate in the December 2015 supplementary election and that the APC as a political party is legally empowered to nominate and sponsor a candidate for an election as the 1999 constitution does not recognize an independent candidate.

She thereafter dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.

Justice Halima further held that Faleke however remained the valid deputy governor of the state because there was no evidence to show that he wrote to his party withdrawing his candidature as deputy governor as required by law.