Member of the House of Representatives contested the governorship ticket in Kogi State Mr. James Faleke, on Thursday lost his bid to unseat Governor Yahaya Bello.
An appeal filed by Faleke, who was the running mate of former APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, was dismissed by the Appeal court sitting in Abuja.
Yahaya was replaced as the APC candidate for the state governorship election after the sudden death of Audu on the second day of the election.
Faleke had approached the court to argue that the votes polled by the party in the election were his, since he was the running mate of the deceased.
Justice Jummai Sankey who ruled on the matter today said that according to Section 221 of the Nigerian constitution, only the party, not an individual, could canvass for votes. Justice Sankey in her ruling, stated that the Nigerian constitution does not recognise independent candidature and so Faleke cannot lay claim to the number of votes polled before the demise of Audu and after the election was concluded.
Justice Sankey added that Faleke was only paired with Audu after the primaries had been concluded but Bello participated in the primary election that produced Audu as the party’s flagbearer.