Faleke to INEC: Declare me Kogi Governor elect
A new twist has been added to the ongoing controversies over the Kogi state givernorship election, as the running mate to the late governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon James Abiodun Faleke, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare him the governor elect of the state.
Faleke, stated this in a letter he wrote to INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun, SAN.
Faleke, who in the letter expressed sadness over the death of Audu, said that under Section 187 of the 1999 Constitution, he was duly elected as deputy governor of Kogi State.
“In law and logic, no new candidate can inherit or be a beneficiary of the votes already cast, counted and declared by INEC before that candidate was nominated and purportedly sponsored.
“Assuming without conceding that INEC is even right to order a supplementary election, the votes already cast, counted and declared on Saturday, 25th November 2015, were votes for the joint constitutional ticket of Prince Abubakar Audu and our client.
“Therefore, no new or ‘supplementary’ candidate can hijack, aggregate, appropriate or inherit the said votes.”
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November 27, 2015 at 11:58 am
This is just the beginning of avoidable battles over the mandate that would have gone to a recently buried man. INEC should have gone to the Supreme Court for a legal solution to this unforeseen quagmire. The political solution they issued will be fiercely contested by all parties involved. I thought the new INEC chair is a prof. Shouldn’t he have known better?