Kogi : Claims of the claimants
Hon. James Abiodun Faleke is challenging INEC at the tribunal.
His prayer at the tribunal is that INEC should reverse its decision which rendered the November 21, 2015 governorship election inconclusive.
Faleke’s legal team argued that the November 21 governorship election had produced a winner in Prince Abubakar Audu and that his death arrogates to him, the status of Governor-elect.
The Member representing Ikeja II Federal Constituency, Lagos, wants the tribunal to declare him winner of the Kogi governorship polls.
Wada, the outgoing governor of the state and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has approached the tribunal to protest what he termed, “gross irregularities” during the polls.
He also wants the tribunal to determine if Yahaya Bello is qualified to be declared Governor-elect when he had not taken part in all the electoral processes. He claimed that INEC contravened the electoral law by accepting to replace the late Prince Abubakar Audu with Yahaya Bello.
Also, Wada is praying the court to declare him winner of the polls, being the living candidate with the highest number of votes in the poll. The outgoing governor also claimed that Yahaya Bello went into the supplementary polls without a running mate. In his view, Faleke withdrew from the race before the election.
The legal team of Capt. Idris Wada, led by Chris Uche, SAN is optimistic of securing victory at the tribunal.