Joyful Yahaya Bello Celebrates With Aides After His Election As Governor Was Upheld . Photos

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, stating that Faleke’s case lacks merit. Mr. Faleke challenged the emergence of Mr. Bello as governor and asked the tribunal to declare him governor because the election of late Abubakar Audu was almost concluded before he died.

Justice Jummai Sankey in his ruling stated 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. 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.