The Deputy Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in last Saturday’s election in Kogi State, Mr James Abiodun Faleke has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare him winner of the election and present him the certificate of return as the duly elected governor of the state.
Faleke, in a letter to the chairman of INEC, Mahmoud Yakub argued that under Section 187 of the 1999 Constitution, he was duly elected as deputy governor of Kogi State.
Mr. Faleke expressed deep sadness over the death of his principal, Abubakar Audu.
Berating the election umpire, Faleke said INEC deliberately created what he described as political impasse or legal conundrum.
He queried the last votes count at the last election saying “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,” Mr. Faleke wrote through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun
“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.”