Kogi Election: I Was Not Voted Out, We Were Rigged Out – Wada

Former Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, says contrary to claims that he was voted out from office, his government was rigged out.

He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Lagos ahead of the governorship election in the state.

“I was not voted out. Do you know what happened in that election? We were rigged out and during the tribunal, we got the permission of the tribunal to inspect the ballot papers.

“And we found ballot papers from Edo, from Kano, from Benue in Kogi election under the current electoral plan of INEC. And when we removed those counted, we were leading by 25,000 votes”.

It’s been 4 years since Wada lost the election to the then governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Audu Abubakar. Abubakar, however, died before being officially announced the winner of the poll.

Kogi ex-governor, Idris Wada.

Following Abubakar’s demise, Yahaya Bello who contested at the APC primaries was used by the ruling party to fill the vacuum.

However, Wada claims that he is more popular than Abubakar saying: “I was more popular or as popular, let me say so with all modesty. People saw what I was doing. Now they are calling for me to come back.”

When asked why he would want to return back to the Lugard House, the seat of power in Kogi State, Wada explained that it was necessary to continue with his achievements.

He, however, accused his successor of abandoning some of the projects built by his government in 2015.

“I completed the largest motor park in West Africa. Because of our strategic location, I wanted people coming through to see Lokoja as a pleasant environment and may even consider living in our place.

“We have a very well-equipped vocational training centre as part of our youth development programme. It was commissioned, it’s abandoned now. They are not using it.

“I started the Kogi State University Teaching Hospital; it was going to be a centre of excellence. It has been abandoned since I left,” he said.

With the election in November, Wada is hopeful of clinching the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to wrestle incumbent Governor Bello of the APC.

Supreme Court Gives Reasons For Judgement On Kogi Governorship Tussle

Supreme Court, Kogi GovernorshipThe Supreme Court has given reasons why it upheld the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.

The Court held that Mr‎ James Faleke, the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 governorship election cannot be declared winner of the poll having failed to participate in the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress.

The apex court, among others, said that Faleke, whose joint ticket with the governorship candidate of the party, late Prince Abubakar Audu, had garnered 240,873 votes before Audu died, cannot benefit from the vote or take the place of Audu, because he did not meet the condition precedent.

In the reasons, advanced for the summary judgment, delivered on September 20, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, held that Faleke did not obtain nomination form, did not participate in the primary election and as such, cannot under any circumstances, be made the governorship candidate to replace Audu.

Besides, Justice Kekere-Ekun said that before the sudden death of Audu, after the November 21 governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had already declared the election inconclusive and that since the election, had not been completed and the final result issued by the electoral body, Faleke, as a running mate, cannot claim ‎victory in the election.

The apex court upheld the substitution of Yahaya Bello to replace Audu because in the face of the law, Bello obtained nomination form, took part in the primary election and came second, unlike Faleke who did not meet that condition.

Faleke’s Argument

Mr James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the validly elected governor.

Mr James Falake was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the governorship election that was to see him elected as governor.

Yahaya Bello was then presented by the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as replacement for Audu, a decision Mr Faleke challenged, arguing that he should have stepped into the position, having together with the late Audu gone through the election process.

He approached the Supreme Court after being dissatisfied with the judgement of the election tribunal and Appeal Court which both upheld Yahaya’s eligibility.

There had been four appeals against the Court of Appeal rulings with the Supreme Court expected to decide if Mr Bello should continue as Kogi governor or vacate office.

One of the appeals was by the immediate past governor of the state and candidate of the opposition PDP, Idris Wada.

The Supreme Court went ahead to uphold the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.

 

Kogi Governorship: Bello Calls Victory “Act Of God”

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Supreme CourtKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has described his victory at the Supreme Court as an act of God, saying it shows that Nigeria honours democracy.

Governor Bello made the declaration in statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mr Kingsley Fanwon, after the judgement.

He said his victory at the Supreme Court was a big honour to democracy.

The Governor dedicated the victory to the people of Kogi State who believed in transforming the state from potentially great state to a really great state.

However, he warned his supporters against unbridled celebration, saying the moment was a challenge to the state’s residents to reflect on how to make the state great.

Governor Bello pledged to continue to pursue his cardinal goals of improving education, reinventing healthcare, boosting infrastructural development and raising the capacity of the state’s citizens to reinvigorate the economy.

He thanked the judiciary for raising to the occasion and standing firm with what he said was true and just.

Supreme Court Ruling

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.

A seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata affirmed the election after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel.

The court also said it would provide reasons for its decision on September 30.

In a swift reaction, the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Mr Idris Wada, said he was yet to study the judgement.

Mr Wada, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, noted that he cannot make any comment until a copy of the Supreme Court judgement was made available to him.

Supreme Court Upholds Yahaya Bello’s Election As Kogi Governor

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court has upheld the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.

The seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata affirmed the election after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel.

The court also said it would provide reasons for its decision on September 30.

There had been four appeals against the Court of Appeal rulings with the Supreme Court expected to decide if Mr Bello should continue as Kogi governor or vacate office.

One of the appeals was by the immediate past governor of the state and candidate of the opposition PDP, Idris Wada, while another was by Mr James Faleke who was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu.

Mr James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the validly elected governor.

Mr James Falake was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the governorship election that was to see him elected as governor.

Yahaya Bello was then presented by the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as replacement for Audu, a decision Mr Faleke challenged, arguing that he should have stepped into the position, having together with the late Audu gone through the election process.

He approached the Supreme Court after being dissatisfied with the judgement of the election tribunal and Appeal Court which both upheld Yahaya’s eligibility.

Law and Order

It is expected that Kogi State would be peaceful in spite of the judgment which would be met with different reactions by parties involved.

The Kogi State Police Command had warned that it would deal decisively, in accordance of the law, with anyone caught taking laws into his hands, as the Supreme Court delivers its judgment.

The State Police Commissioner, Abdullahi Chafi, gave the warning while addressing newsmen at his office on Friday.

The CP further stressed that intelligent report reaching the command revealed that some miscreants were planning to create crisis before, during and after the Supreme Court judgement.

While warning parents to caution their wards, political party heads and their supporters, he said that his command was fully ready to deal with whoever disobeys the law.

He also placed a ban on any kind of public celebration by anybody or groups after the court judgement.

Appeal Court Dismisses Faleke’s Appeal Against Yahaya Bello’s Election

James Faleke, Yahaya Bello, APC, Kogi State, Appeal Court
Mr James Faleke

The Court of Appeal  sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by Mr James Faleke, challenging the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as Kogi State Governor.

The 5-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja ruled that Faleke’s case lacks merit.

The appellate court had earlier reserved the judgment after hearing submission from all parties involved in the matter.

Counsel for Faleke, Akin Olujimi, had urged the Appeal Court to set aside the decision of the Kogi election tribunal and invalidate the election of Yahaya Bello on the ground that Bello was not properly nominated.

He submitted that Bello did not undergo all the electioneering processes as required by law before he emerged as his party’s candidate in the re-run election.

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

In his own submission, Joseph Daodu, who is counsel for Governor Bello, insisted that the issue of nomination of candidates for election was the sole responsibility of a political party.

Daodu submitted that Governor Bello, having been nominated by the APC in compliance with the existing law and authority of the party remained the candidate of his party in the election.

Counsel for INEC, Ahmed Raji, asked the court to uphold the election of Yahaya Bello on the ground that he was properly nominated by APC as a replacement to Abubakar Audu who passed away during the election.

The Tribunal

Mr James Faleke ran as deputy governorship candidate with Mr. Audu. It looked as though they were coasting to victory before Mr. Audu suddenly died.


INEC declared the election inconclusive and asked the APC to nominate a replacement for the deceased. Mr. Yahaya Bello was nominated and he nominated Mr. Faleke as his deputy, an offer the latter refused.

A three-man tribunal led by Justice Halima Mohammed, on June 6, held that Faleke lacked locus standi to challenge Bello’s election having never been sponsored by his party, the APC, as a governorship candidate in both the November 21, 2015 election and the December 6, 2015 supplementary poll.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Halima Mohammed, who read the judgment in the petition filed by Mr Faleke, threw away the petition for lacking in merit.

She said the fact that INEC declared the election of November 21, 2015 inconclusive meant no governor or deputy governor-elect emerged, and Mr Faleke therefore had no basis to challenge the nomination of Mr Bello to replace the late Mr Audu.

 

Appeal Court Reserves Judgment on Kogi Election Petition

Appeal Court, kogi electionAppeal court Abuja division has reserved judgement in Kogi governorship legal tussle till a date to be communicated to parties.

The appellate court reserved the judgment after hearing submission from all parties involved in the matter.

The appeals were filed by James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the validly elected governor.

Counsel for Faleke, Akin Olujimi, urged the Appeal Court to set aside the decision of the tribunal and invalidate the election of Yahaya Bello on the ground that Bello was not properly nominated.

He submitted that Bello did not undergo all the electioneering processes as required by law before he emerged as his party’s candidate in re-run election.

In his own submission, Joseph Daodu, who is counsel for Governor Bello, insisted that the issue of nomination of candidates for election was the sole responsibility of a political party.

Daodu submitted that Governor Bello, having been nominated by the APC in compliance with the existing law and authority of the party remained the candidate of his party in the election.

While counsel for INEC, Ahmed Raji, asked the court to uphold the election of Yahaya Bello on the ground that he was properly nominated by APC as a replacement to Abubakar Audu who passed away during the election.

Justice Hannatu Sankey, who presided over the sitting announced that the date for judgment would be communicated to parties in the matter.

Police Seal Off Kogi State House Of Assembly

policeTension has continued to mount in Kogi State House of Assembly as the police seal off the complex, following attempt by one of the factions of the House to convene a meeting, in the complex.

The meeting was to be convened allegedly at the instance of the past Governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada,.

The motive, according to a source, was to bring  back the leadership loyal to the formal governor.

The crisis started when Honourable Ukubile Ochijenu-Achara moved a motion for the impeachment of the speaker, Honourable Jimoh Lawal.

According to Honourable Ochijenu-Achara, an Impeachment letter was signed by 17 members of the House.

The impeachment brought the emergence of Honourable Osiyi Ojo, as the factional speaker of the House.

The House of Assembly is presently divided in two factions with each of the faction group laying claim to the position of the Speaker.

Armed policemen had been stationed at the premises of the House of Assembly, depriving both workers and members gaining access to the complex.

While  answering questions from reporters on reasons for the presence of armed men, the State Commissioner of Police, Besan  Gwana, said that an intelligent report revealed that hoodlum would come to vandalize the House of Assembly.

The Chief Whip of the House of Assembly, Paul Sanni, who is on the other factional group, attributed all the present problems rocking the House to Mr Wada.

He said that Mr Wada planned to remove the Speaker and install his preferred candidate.

Yesterday, a new era began with the swearing in of a new governor of the state, Mr. Yahaya Bello. Although he was sworn in without a deputy, his emergence has ended the administration of Capt. Idris Wada.

Wada Constitutes Transition Committee For Handing Over

wadaKogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has constituted a Transition and Steering Committees to ensure a smooth transition of government from the present Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committees, which are expected to liaise with their  counterparts from the APC, is expected to draw out programs for the incoming government.

The Governor said that the committees became necessary in order not to fail in their duties and responsibility as a government.

He, however,  read out their terms of reference which he said would guild them to work better.

The Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, while giving the vote of thanks, assured the Governor that  the committees would ensure that all the ministries and parastatals  give their assignment the appropriate attention.

Governor Wada inaugurated the committees in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State on Saturday.

The outgoing administration will hand over power to the incoming one in the Confluence State on January 27, 2016.

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Kogi Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello

Yahaya-BelloThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday issued a Certificate of Return to Kogi State Governor-Elect, Mr Yahaya Bello.

While presenting the certificate of return at the INEC office in Lokoja the INEC National Commissioner from the North Central, Prof. Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine, scored the commission high in the conduct and the declaration of the election result.

She said the use of the card readers in the conduct of elections in Nigeria has come to stay, noting that it has helped in eliminating illegal and multiple voting and enhanced integrity of electoral process.

However, she said the commission will continue to respond swiftly to the challenges emanating from the introduction of card readers.

The State Resident Electoral Commission, Mr Halilu Pai, while commending security agencies for a work well done during and after the election said the commission has conducted a free fair and credible election.

In his acceptance speech, the Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello, lauded the electorate for believing in him and the APC, promising to lead the state towards a new direction.

Mr Bello, who is substitute to late Mr Abubakar Audu, defeated the incumbent, Captain Idris Wada, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was seeking a second term in office.

Declaring the results of the election, which was concluded, with a supplementary election held on December 5, the Returning Officer of the electoral body, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, said the APC’s candidate polled 247,752 to defeat Captain Wada who got 204,877 votes.

Mr James Faleke, who was offered the Deputy Governor position, however, failed to show up.

Kogi, Bayelsa Decide: Live Updates

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 21 : 00: Bayelsa: Collation of results ends for the day, to be continued 10AM on Monday, with results from three local governments still being expected.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 19 : 05: Bayelsa: Collation of results underway in Yenagoa. So far four local governments areas have collated their results.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 17 : 55: Bayelsa: There are reports that Niger Delta ex-militants have disrupted the election in Amassoma ward of Ijaw South Local Government Area. The militants carrying firearms are said to have chased away the voters and INEC officials conducting the exercise in the area.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 16 : 07: Bayelsa: Channels TV correspondent says INEC spokesperson has announced that collation of results will commence by 6:00pm. He also said election is ongoing in Southern Ijaw LGA and some other parts of Bayelsa and that election materials did not get to the venue on time.

He hinted that the Police had made 10 arrests and seized five AK-47 rifles.

An election observer, Abiodun Ajijola, says it is not possible to have a winner without results from Southern Ijaw LGA which has 425 Polling Units. He added that the major challenge faced is security.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 12 : 11: Bayelsa: Channels TV correspondent reports that the possibility of the rescheduled election holding in Southern Ijaw LGA was still unknown because of the peculiarity of the terrain and the security of officials and materials could not be guaranteed.

She says that the State Governor, Seriake Dickson has proposed to INEC that the election be shifted or they work out adequate security of lives and property.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 08 : 15: Bayelsa: INEC officials say collation of results to begin after voting in the rescheduled areas.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 07 : 30: Bayelsa: Electoral officers prepare to commence accreditation for voters in some parts of Nembe, Brass, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw LGAs.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 05 : 15: KOGI: INEC declares Yahaya Bello of the APC winner of the Kogi Governorship election.

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Candidate of the APC, Yahaya Bello

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 05 : 15: KOGI: After collation of results from November 21 and December 5 elections the INEC arrived at the under listed figures, as announced by INEC’s returning officer, Professor Emmanuel Kucha.

A 206
AA 120
ACD 480
AD 168
ADC 707
APA 1,995
APC 247,752 (Highest votes)
APGA 1,040
CPP 608
DPC 465
DPP469
ID 179
KOWA  136
HP 8,761
NCP 531
NNPP 290
PPC 895
PDP 204,877
PPA 3,048
PPN 239
SDP 90
UDP 107

TOTAL VALID VOTES 472,983
REJECTED VOTES 21,740
TOTAL VOTES CAST 494,723

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 01 : 50: KOGI: All results from the 18 local government areas in the state collated.  INEC takes 45 minutes break.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 23 : 19: KOGI: INEC begins process of collation of results from different polling units.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 19 : 19: Bayelsa State:  INEC reschedules election in southern Ijaw. Rescheduled election will hold on Sunday, December 6.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 17 : 30: Bayelsa State: Counting of votes has started in the Governorship election.

There is a good turnout of voters and situation around polling booths is said to be calm.

voters set to elect a Governor for next year

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 17: 15: Kogi State: counting of votes has started in the supplementary election

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 13: 15: APC candidate, Mr Timipre Sylva has been accredited in his Dukaku centre polling station in Okpoama, Brass Local Government and awaits outcome of the election.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 13:10: Governor Seriake Dickson Gets Accredited, Experiences Card Reader Malfunction.

The Governor whose Permanent Voters Card (PVC) was authenticated by the smart card reader expressed his displeasure with the failure of the card reader in authenticating his finger prints and that of most voters in his polling unit.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 13:07: Card Reader Fails Goodluck Jonathan, Wife And Mother. INEC officials at unit 039 ward 13 in Ogbia LGA located exactly opposite his Otueke residence returned with another card reader at about 10am before he was later accredited.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 09:22: Bayelsa State, election materials have been fully distributed in Brass Local Government Areas.

But reports say that Oporuma LGA Headquarters of Ijaw Local Government Area, an ex-militant reportedly opened fire at an election centre disrupting the exercise, one person was reportedly injured.

Elsewhere around the state, its being reported that polling units have been set up and there is a huge number of security operatives especially the Nigerian Police at the Local Government Headquarters.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 09:20: In Kogi State, the supplementary election scheduled for today (Saturday) has commenced and voting materials have been distributed.

In Ajaokuta Local Government Area everywhere is peaceful and voters are going about to demonstrate their rights.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 09:19: Election materials have been fully distributed in different Local Governments Areas and the polling units have been set up.

 It’s Election Day in Bayelsa and Kogi State where voters are going to the polls to elect a new Governor.

Governorship Elections: Kogi, Bayelsa Decide

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 04: 30: Kogi 2015 governorship election declared inconclusive.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 04:05: INEC officially announces results.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 1:55: All 21 Local Governments’ results announced.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 11: 30: Recess is over: Kabba Bunu LGA – APC – 9659, PDP – 7768; Omala LGA – APC – 9228, PDP – 10517; Ofu LGA – APC – 16800, PDP – 10997; Ankpa LGA – APC – 22983, PDP – 14731; Olamaboro LGA – APC 13227, PDP – 8202; Igalamela Odolu – APC 9003, PDP – 8683; Bassa LGA – APC – 11815, PDP – 9258; Lokoja LGA – APC 13517, PDP – 12414; Dekina LGA – APC – 20994, PDP – 21602;  Ibaji LGA – APC – 11,427, PDP – 10572.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 10:28: INEC Electoral officials go for 30 minutes recess.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 10:00: Results announced so far: Okehi LGA – APC – 10,170, PDP – 8504; Mopamuro LGA – APC 3888, PDP – 4195; Ogorimagongo LGA – APC – 1931, PDP – 2601; Ajaokuta LGA – APC 8581, PDP 6903, Adavi LGA – APC – 15636, PDP – 11902;  Kogi LGA – APC – 10426, PDP – 9316; Ijumu LGA – APC – 9958, PDP – 6040; Okene LGA – APC – 14786, PDP – 15968;  Yagba West LGA – APC – 7930, PDP – 7021;  Yagba East LGA – APC 7129, PDP – 5368; Idah LGA – APC – 11770, PDP – 6952.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 7.30am: Collation of results underway in Lokoja.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 6.00am: Resident Electoral Commissioners have started arriving at the INEC collation centre in Lokoja, the state capital, Channels TV correspondent confirms. He also says some of the results have already arrived.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015: 12.30am: INEC announces its decision to start collation and announcement of results at 6am on Sunday. #KogiDecides. This is to give enough time for the results to arrive, to enable those actively involved in the process get some rest as these will ensure a smooth running of the process on Sunday.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 12.10am: Channels TV correspondent, covering the Kogi election says journalists, party agents, INEC officials and other stakeholders are among the several persons waiting at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:05pm: Channels TV correspondent, says voting is yet to end in few polling units due to logistic issues faced earlier in the day.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 5:35pm: Channels TV correspondent, Lanre Lasisi says sorting of ballot has ended in most polling units across Kogi State.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 5:05pm: Channels TV correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye confirms that counting of ballots has commenced in most polling units within Lokoja metropolis.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 4:45pm: Channels TV correspondents report that voting has ended in some centres.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 3:05pm: Channels TV Correspondent reports that there are issues of card reader failure in some polling units but it is being properly handled.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 1:30pm: Voting commences across several polling units in the state.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 11:30am: Election official says they have experienced few challenges during accreditation of voters but there are adequate provisions by INEC  to accommodate persons who are affected, to enable them get accredited.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:30am: Polls open in Kogi State. Voters begin the accreditation exercise towards electing a new governor or retaining the incumbent.

All accredited voters will get the opportunity to choose from the 22 candidates cleared by INEC to contest in the election.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 7:30am: Channels Television’s correspondents covering the elections said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and materials arrived most polling units at a little after

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 00:00am: It is D-day! Kogi State citizens above the age of 18 vote for their choice governor to lead them for the next four years.

The state has been calm and there is heavy security presence in the state with the Police leading with 15,000 men on ground. The Independent National Electoral Commission has also assured residents of a hitch-free and credible poll.

 

Court To Give Judgement On Wada’s Suit On December 4

wadaA Federal High Court in Abuja will on December 4 give judgement in a suit filed by the Governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada and three others, challenging the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct supplementary election in Kogi State on December 5.

Governor Wada is specifically asking the court to declare him the winner of the November 21 governorship election in the state, following the death of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Abubakar Audu, who was leading.

However, the other persons, Johnson Usman, Emmanuel Daikwo and Emmanuel Igbokwe are asking the court to rule that a fresh governorship election should be conducted in the state.

The INEC had on November 22 declared the Kogi State governorship election inconclusive and subsequently announced that a supplementary election would be conducted to determine a clear winner.

The APC governorship candidate in the election, Mr Audu, who was leading by a margin of 41,000 votes, died few hours before the election was declared inconclusive.

After Mr Audu’s death the INEC asked the APC to substitute the candidate before the supplementary election date, a decision the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said was based on section 33 of the Electoral Act.

That section reads: “A political party shall not be allowed to change or substitute its candidate whose name has been submitted pursuant to section 31 of this candidate Act, except in the case of death or withdrawal by the candidate”.

Despite the controversies that had come up, with lawyers giving different interpretations to the Act, the APC on Monday chose Mr Yahaya Bello, as substitute for the late governorship candidate.

Faleke, Bello Supporters Clash Over Kogi Governorship Ticket

kogi-protestBattle for the Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket thickens, as supporters of James Faleke and Yahaya Bello clash at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The party’s National Working Committee members, reporters and visitors at the secretariat have been held hostage by feuding youths.

Faleke was the running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu and wants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare him winner of the governorship election.

The INEC had declared the November 21 election inconclusive, saying that the margin in the number of votes garnered by the APC’s candidate, late Audu and the runner-up, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and the incumbent Governor, Captain Idris Wada, was less than the number of votes cancelled.

Bello is being pushed by some leaders of the party to take the governorship ticket, having taken part in all processes during the primaries of the party.

The feuding youths are said to be hauling stones at the secretariat building and passers-by.