Court Strikes Out Faleke’s Suit To Stop Kogi Supplementary Election

falekeA Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a suit filed by the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr James Faleke, challenging the electoral body’s power to conduct a supplementary election and the power of his party to name Yahaya Bello as substitute for late Audu Abubakar.

The court, presided over by Gabriel Kolawole, declined jurisdiction in the suit, saying that only an Election Tribunal could adjudicate such suit.

‘Idle Judicial Indulgence’

He said that the role of the judgement was to create a judicial and permissive atmosphere for INEC to conduct the supplementary election scheduled for December 5.

The judge further said that it was his view that where the court did not have affirmative powers to make declarative orders, it would amount to ‘idle judicial indulgence’ to proceed with the suit.

The court had on Tuesday said it would consolidate all four suits related to the Kogi governorship election and give its judgment on Friday.

Before the case was filed by Mr Faleke, the APC on  Monday chose Mr Bello as substitute to late Audu, retaining Mr Faleke as the new governorship candidate’s deputy. Mr Faleke disagrees with this choice.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had asked the APC to substitute its late candidate before the supplementary election slated for December 5.

After the APC chose Mr Bello as late Audu’s substitute on Monday, Mr Faleke expressed his displeasure with the choice saying he would go to court.

Falake’s Suit

Mr Faleke on Tuesday filed a separate suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC at the registry of Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Faleke asked the court to declare him the Governor-elect of Kogi State based on the outcome of the election.

In the suit filed by his counsel, Mr Wole Olanipekun, Faleke prayed the court to declare that election into the office of the governor of a state could only be conducted in the manner expressly stipulated in sections 179(2) (a), (b), (3) (a), (b), 4 (a), (b) and (5) of the constitution.

He also asked the court to grant an order setting aside INEC’s decision that the governorship election held in Kogi State on November 21, 2015 was inconclusive and the public notice dated November 24, 2015 titled ‘Kogi Governorship Election 2015’.

He requested an order of court mandating INEC to make a return, following the already announced results in the election.

In addition, Faleke also wanted the court to grant an order of injunction restraining the INEC and APC from giving effect to or further acting on the decisions of INEC contained in its public notice.

Politics in the state took a different turn after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election inconclusive, saying that the margin between late Audu, leading in the election, and the candidate of the Peoples Democracy Party, who is the incumbent Governor, Captain Idris Wada, was less  than the number of cancelled votes.

Kogi Governorship: Ebira Youths Call For Judicial Settlement

Ebira Youths Call For Judicial InterpretationThe Ebira Renaissance Group (ERG) in conjunction with Ebira Youth Congress (EYC) have called for a judicial settlement to the governorship tussle in Kogi State.

They disclosed that the death of late Abubakar Audu has created a vacuum many interested groups are jostling to fill, adding that the ERG and EYC have taken exception to the ethnic dimension which the present political logjam has taken in the state.

The groups, in a joint press conference in Lokoja on Monday, said that the trend, if not curtailed on time, would lead to anarchy.

They sued for peace, urging the three ethnic groups in the state to sheath their swords.

The spokesperson of the group, Joseph Suleiman, urged the judiciary to quickly move in and give judicial settlement to the issue at hand to forestall ethnic bloodbath.

The groups, while pleading for all the tribes in Kogi State to be patient with one another pending when the issue would be given a legal settlement, endorsed Yahaya Bello as the replacement for the late Abubakar Audu.

Kogi Election: APC Adopts Yahaya Bello As Substitute For Abubakar Audu

Yahaya BelloThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted Yahaya Bello as its candidate in the December 5 supplementary election in Kogi State

Mr Bello replaces Abubakar Audu who died before the governorship election in Kogi State was concluded on November 21.

Bello was the first runner up in the primary election in which the late Audu emerged as candidate

The running mate to the late Audu, James Faleke, disagreed with the choice of the APC and threatened court action.

Mr Faleke had vowed to reclaim the mandate of the people of the state given freely to the APC during the election, insisting that he should take over as the governorship candidate of the party. 

He had earlier on Monday chosen the son of late Audu, Mohammed Audu as his running mate, before the APC chose Mr Bello.

In Abuja, supporters of James Faleke and Yahaya Bello clashed at the party’s secretariat hours after Mr Faleke chose Audu’s son as his running mate.

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

Nigeria 2015: Group Urges Youths To Shun Violence

GROUPAhead of the general elections which was recently rescheduled, the project coordinator of Kogi Youth Arise Group ( KYAG), Yahaya Bello has called on youths to shun violence and rancor before, during and after the elections.

Mr Bello stated this as the All Progressive Congress (APC) launched the Kogi Youths Arise presidential election campaign for Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo.

The Kafas multi purpose hall in Lokoja, venue of the launch, was filled to capacity with youths and some party chieftains drawn from the 25 constituencies in the State.

Their mission was to appoint youths who will take the message of the presidential flag bearer of the APC to every nook and cranny of the State.

While inaugurating the group, the coordinator  of the group said the unprecedented support given to APC presidential candidate would be fully justified.

He called on party loyalists to all arise through the use of their Permanent Voter Card (PVC), to influence the positive change needed in Nigeria.

The group was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with the agenda to make sure that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari wins election in Kogi State beyond 90 per cent.

The group has members across the 21 Local Governments in the State with the aim of canvassing support for Buhari.

Army Arrest Two For Oil Theft In Kaduna

Two suspects who specialize in illegal oil bunkering and oil pipeline vandalization along the Kaduna-Abuja axis have been arrested by troops from One Division of the Nigerian Army, internal security force.

The suspects were arrested at Sabon Gida village, Kaduna south local government area, about 6KM off old Kaduna-Abuja toll gate on the 21st of March, 2013.

Parading the suspects before journalists at One Division strike force base in Kaduna, Commander 41 Division engineers; Brigadier-Ggeneral Tagbo Ude, said the suspects; Usman Umar and Aliyu Musa were caught while pumping diesel from an oil pipeline in into four stationed tankers.

He said the troop seized the four petrol tankers with two of them already loaded with 12,300 litres and 39,500 litres of diesel respectively.

He added that the remaining suspects still at large took to their heels during the raid.

Other items discovered by the troop include three generators, one drilling machine, welding appliances and assorted tanker keys.

The suspects were later handed over to the Kaduna state command of the Nigeria Police Force for further investigation.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation, Yahaya Bello said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.