Abuja - The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by James Faleke, challenging the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello, as winner of the Kogi Governorship poll, reports NewsDay
Faleke was the running mate of the deceased Kogi State governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election.
The party substituted Bello as its governorship candidate and retained Faleke as its deputy governorship candidate after Audu died at the conclusion of the first round of the election held on November 2
Faleke had turned down the offer insisting that he should be made the party's governorship candidate for the supplementary poll.
Also read: APC backs Bello’s decision to replace Faleke
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Bello as the winner of the election after the conclusion of the supplementary poll which took place in 91 polling units in the state on December 6, 2015.
Faleke had gone to the appeal court challenging the judgment of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which affirmed Bello as the duly elected governor following the November 21, 2015 election and the December 6, 2015 supplementary poll.
The Court also dismissed former governor Idris Wada’s case against Yahaya Bello’s election, reports Today.
Wada was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.
- News 24