James Faleke, running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21, 2015 election in Kogi State, on Monday lost his bid to unseat the State governor, Yahaya Bello.
Justice Halima Mohammed, who delivered the tribunal’s judgement on Monday, stated the following:
- That Faleke could not be declared governor because he did not participate in the APC primary.
- That Faleke was not nominated by the APC as its substantive candidate in the governorship election.
- That the APC was right to have nominated Bello to replace the late Abubakar Audu as its candidate in the December 2015 supplementary election.
- That Faleke had no locus-standi to file the petition since he was not nominated by the APC as its governorship candidate.
- That “votes cast in an election belong to a political party” which nominates a candidate; hence it was lawful for the party to transfer votes polled by Audu to Bello.
She,thereafter, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.
However, Mohammed held that Faleke 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.