Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has fixed March 4 and 8 to commence hearing of suits lodged before it by Hon. James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the immediate past governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, rtd, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The petitioners are praying the Justice Halima Mohammed-led three man panel tribunal to invalidate the process that led to the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello as winner of the gubernatorial election that took place in Kogi State last year. Specifically, Faleke went before the tribunal to challenge the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare him as the valid winner of the governorship election in Kogi State. He is praying the tribunal to declare that INEC acted wrongly when it declared the outcome of the November 21 gubernatorial poll inconclusive. Faleke, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, contended that the initial election had produced a winner in late Prince Abubakar Audu, saying his death arrogated to him, the status of Governor-elect.
Wada went before the tribunal to protest what he termed, “gross irregularities” during the polls.