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Kogi gov’ship poll: Faleke to appeal tribunal verdict dismissing petition

Honourable James Faleke, the running mate to the late All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, has declared that he will appeal Monday’s by Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The three-man tribunal headed by Justice Halima Mohammed in its ruling unanimously dismissed the petition filed by Faleke, challenging the election of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lack of merit. Speaking to journalists in his Abuja residence on Monday, Faleke said although he would have to consult with his lawyers, he will be appealing Justice Halima Mohammed’s ruling.

Faleke said: “I watched the verdict of the tribunal on TV, one thing I can say is that, the judges have delivered their own judgment. I will consult my lawyers, upon which I am very certain that we will appeal the judgment.” “I am not a lawyer but I can say that it (the judgment) is not in tune with our constitution,” Faleke added.

He said the court was wrong to have ruled that he had no locus standi in the case. Reacting, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, hailed the judgment of the tribunal, which upheld his victory at the poll. He said the decision of the tribunal has further justified his election as governor of Kogi State, adding that the victory belongs to the people of the state, the APC and lovers of democracy across the nation. Earlier, on Monday, the tribunal sitting in Abuja dismissed the petition filed by Faleke, challenging the election of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lack of merit

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