The Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has on Monday morning, held that Hon. James Faleke has no locus stand to file any petition against the election of Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State.
At the delivery of judgement, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Halima Mohammed, who read the judgment in the petition filed by a member of the House of Representatives, Faleke, held that he (Faleke) could not be declared governor because he did not participate in the APC primary.
The tribunal said it lacked the jurisdiction to question internal process of the party leading to the nomination for Audu’s replacement.
The tribunal re-affirmed while considering the petition on merit that Faleke was never a governorship candidate of the APC at any stage of the election and did not participate in the primary leading to APC’s choice of its governorship candidate either for the November 21 governorship election of the December 6 supplementary poll.
It would be recalled, Faleke was the running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21, 2015 election.
They both were coasting to victory before Audu suddenly died.
INEC declared the election inconclusive and asked the APC to nominate a replacement for the deceased. Mr. Bello was nominated and he nominated Mr. Faleke as his deputy, an offer the latter refused.