BREAKING: Appeal Court Affirms Yahaya Bello's Victory, We shall Meet at S'Court, Says Faleke
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the Appeal filed James Faleke, running mate to late Abubakar Audu in the 2015 Kogi governorship election asking for the nullification of the election of Yahaya Bello.
Bello was nominated by the APC to replace the late Audu following his death.
Faleke in his petition to Tribunal had argued that the votes polled by the party in the election were his, since he was a joint candidate to Audu.
The tribunal in its judgment dismissed Faleke’s petition noting that according to Section 221 of the Nigerian constitution, only the party could canvass for votes.
She explained that the constitution does not recognise independent candidature, so Faleke could not lay claims to the number of votes polled before the demise of Audu and before the election was concluded.
“So it may be said that he is not a candidate,” Sankey said.
The judge also held that Faleke was only joined to Audu after the primaries had been concluded, but Bello, whom the APC chose, participated in the primary election that produced Audu as candidate.
Sankey also added that the nomination of Bello to replace the late Audu did not contravene the constitution or the electoral act.
"In his reaction to the judgement, the appellant, Hon James Abiodun Faleke, said he will appeal to the Supreme Court.
According to him, "at the start of this case before the tribunal, I told you all that it is going to be a marathon and we should have patient and be prepared.
"Today's judgement by the appeal court has again showed where we are as a country.
"Only the Supreme court of our land has the final say on a constitutional matter such as this and as we rest our case with God, we shall appeal this judgement to the supreme court.
"Please remain peaceful and prayerful as the darkness can never stand where light shines.
"I'm extremely grateful for all your massive support and loyalty since the death of my principal Prince (Abubakar) Audu. May his soul rest in peace. To God be the glory.amen," Faleke submitted.
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